I am sociologist of inequality and resistance in urban settings from South Central Los Angeles. I completed my Ph.D. in Sociology and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and currently a Postdoctoral Scholar in Community Organizing and Social Computing at UC Irvine. My research explores questions around race, gender, youth, community based educational spaces in the context of criminalization. I am also interested in how carceral systems and logics function, persist, are challenged, and how experiences differ across social contexts and social locations.
My work has been supported by the Ford Dissertation Fellowship, University of California President’s Dissertation Fellowship, American Sociological Association Minority Fellows Program, Social Science Research Council, and the California State University Chancellor’s Dissertation Fellowship. I completed my dissertation as a visiting scholar in the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, and I am past AAHHE Graduate Fellow and Project MALES Graduate Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin. Recognition for my scholarship includes awards from various centers and programs at UC Santa Cruz: the Department of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies , the Research Center for the Americas, the Social Science Division, and the Blum Center.
My work has been published in Sociological Perspectives, Journal of Family Theory and Review, Race Ethnicity and Education, Sage Publications, Social Sciences, Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, and Social Forces.
Born and raised in the Crenshaw/Baldwin Hills neighborhood, I graduated from Susan Miller Dorsey High School and earned a BA and MA from California State University, Los Angeles. Before enrolling at UC Santa Cruz, I was a youth worker in after-school programs, as a counselor for visually impaired and blind youth, and the First-Year Experience Program at Cal State LA.