I am an anthropologist whose research interests include theories of race, materiality, the body, Mexican migration, border analysis, and class relations. As of Fall 2017, I am a Visting Assistant Professor in the Latino Studies Program at Indiana University at Bloomington where I teach courses on Latino Studies and Latino History.
My doctoral dissertation etitled, Class, Labor, and Color Hierarchies: An Ethnographic Study of Mexican Yarderos in South Chicago (2014), examined the extent class, labor, and color hierarchies from Mexico coexist with American ethnic and racial classifications. By focusing at Mexican gardeners in Chicago, I ethnographically demonstrate that “Mexicaness” in the context of the United States is saturated with color meanings. Likewise, I document the centrality of labor in driving cultural transformations in a new land as well as documenting the politico-historical transformation that give rise to a new working class formation—los yarderos. This research is slated to be published as a book at the University of Illinois Press under the series Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest under the title, “Los Yarderos: Mexican Yard Workers in Neoliberal Chicago” for Spring 2018. I am also working on a second project with Michigan State University Press. The title for this new book is, “Fronteras del Norte: Gender, Color, and Power among Transborder Mexicans in Chicago” The manuscript documents a new the culture of a new Mexican subject saturated with transborder meanings. This book will be published under the series Latinos in the United States.