I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Wake Forest University . I am a University of California President’s Fellow and a Ford Fellow. I earned my Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology at the University of Kansas and B.S. from Grand Valley State University.
In my book project, Illegality in the Heartland, I investigate the immigration processes and social integration of Indigenous (Maya, Mixteco and Tlapaneco) and non-Indigenous Latin American immigrants in the Midwest during a period of heightened anti-immigrant and anti-Latino discrimination, 2016 to 2019. My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program, Sociologist for Women in Society, and the Institute for Policy and Social Research and the Department of Sociology at the University of Kansas.
My work is published in Social Problems, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Feminist Criminology, Migration Letters, Sociology Compass, and Social Currents as well as book chapters, news outlets, and blogs. I have presented my research at national and international conferences. I have taught courses on topics of immigration, families, globalization, and race/ethnicity.