Saludos! I am an educator, youth worker, and sociologist of inequality and resistance from South Central Los Angeles.
I am currently a Postdoctoral Scholar in Community Organizing and Social Computing at UC Irvine. I completed my Ph.D. in Sociology and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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.
The Ford Dissertation Fellowship, the University of California President’s Dissertation Fellowship, the American Sociological Association Minority Fellows Program, the Social Science Research Council, and the California State University Chancellor’s Dissertation Fellowship have supported my work. Recognition for my scholarship includes awards from various centers and programs at UC Santa Cruz, including the Department of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, the Research Center for the Americas, the Social Science Division, and the Blum Center. I completed my dissertation as a visiting scholar at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.
I am the son of Mexican immigrants from Durango, Mexico, who made Los Angeles their home. Born and raised in the Baldwin Hills neighborhood, known colloquially as The Jungles, I graduated from Susan Miller Dorsey High School. Before enrolling at UC Santa Cruz, I earned a BA and MA from California State University, Los Angeles while a youth worker in Los Angeles County.