I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I am defending my dissertation in May 2023. I am currently on the job market and am interested in jobs in Latino Studies, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Ethnic Studies.
My research focuses on the connections between colonialism, gender, and economic vulnerabilities in marginalized communities. My current project outlines how Latina sexualities are integral to U.S. capital accumulation, particularly in the Americas. “Flirting with Sexual Economies: A Study on Latinas Who Sell Sex Online” explores the booming webcam industry in Colombia and theorizes about the U.S. 's necessary intertwining of imperialist desire with sexual desire for the Latina body that works to create sexual economies in Latin American countries. I argue that Latina sex workers learn to navigate global mediated desires intertwined with desires for their bodies.
I am originally from the Central Valley of California and labor struggle informs all of my research and teaching interests.