Academic CV

EDUCATION                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

City College of New York (CUNY) M.F.A in Creative Writing (Expected December 2021)

University of California, Riverside Ph.D. in English (Received August 2015)

University of California, Riverside M.A. in English (Received June 2011)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign B.A. in English (Received May 2009)

ARTICLES, BOOK CHAPTERS, AND BOOK REVIEWS                                                                                                                                                                               

“Fierce and Fearless: Dress and Identity in Rigoberto Gonzalez’s The Mariposa Club.meXicana Fashions: Self-Adornment, Identity Constructions, and Political Self-Presentations, ed. Norma Cantu & Aida Hurtado. University of Texas Press, January 2020.

“More than Esperanza: Revisiting Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street.” Critical Exploration of Young Adult Literature: Identifying and Critiquing the Canon, eds. Victor Malo-Juvera and Crag Hill. Routledge: Abingdon. December 2019.

“Conocimiento Narratives: Creative Acts and Healing in Latinx Children’s and Young Adult Literature.” Children’s Literature. John Hopkins University Press. (June 2019) 47: p. 9-29.

“School Fights: Students Resisting Oppression in Latina/o Children’s and Young Adult Literature.” Journal of Children’s Literature in Education. Springer International Publishing.  (March 2018) 49: p. 61-72.

“You wanna be a chump/or a champ?”: Constructions of Masculinity, Absent Fathers, and Conocimiento in Juan Felipe Herrera’s Downtown Boy. Voices of Resistance: Essays on Chican@ Children’s Literature, eds. Laura Alamillo, Larissa M. Mercado-Lopez, and Cristina Herrera. Rowman and Littlefield Education: Maryland. December 2017. p.91-104.

“Encarnacion: Illness and Body Politic in Chicana Feminist Literature by Suzanne Bost.” Book Review. Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, volume 39, number 2 (Fall 2014).

“Children’s and Young Adults’ Literature.” Encyclopedia of Latino Culture: From Calaveras to Quinceañeras, ed. Charles Tatum. ABC-CLIO (Greenwood Press Imprint), November 2013.

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AWARDS                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Mellon Faculty Leaders Awards (2020-2021)

Watkins Commencement Community Service Award (Spring 2015)

UC Dissertation Year Fellowship (2014-2015)

Graduate Research Mentoring Program Fellowship (Spring 2014)

Friends of English Publication Award (Spring 2014)

Graduate Students in English Association Community Service Award (Spring 2014)

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Honorable Mention (Winter 2014)

UC MEXUS Dissertation Research Grant (Winter 2014)

Queer Lab Research Grant (Spring 2013)

UC Eugene Cota-Robles Diversity Fellowship (2009-2010; 2013-2013)

Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Mini-Grant (Spring 2012)

Graduate Student Cardenas Market Scholarship (Spring 2012)

Estudiante de Corazón Award (Spring 2012)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

“‘Fierce and Fearless”: Dress and Conocimiento in Rigoberto González’s Young Adult Novels.”  An International Latina/o Studies Conference: Imagining Past, Present, and Future. Chicago, Illinois. Individual Paper. July 18, 2014.

Conocimiento Narratives: (Re)imagining the Künstlerroman for Latina Girls in Latina/o Children’s and Young Adults Literature.” Children’s Literature Association Conference. Diverging Diversities: Plurality in Children’s and Young Adult Literature Then and Now. University of South Carolina. Individual Paper. June 20, 2014.

“‘But not event the monkey garden would have me’: Suicide and Depression in Latina/o Young Adult Novels by Sandra Cisneros, Rigoberto Gonzalez, and Gloria Velasquez.” Critical Ethnic Studies Conference: Decolonizing Future Intellectual Legacies and Activist Practices. University of Illinois Chicago. Individual Paper. September 20, 2013.

“(Re)Imagining America: Immigration Narratives in Latina/o Children’s Literature.” 1st Biennial U.S. Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference. John Jay College, New York. Individual Paper. March 7, 2013.

“A Very Que Sad Story: Representation of Bodily Self-Harm in Chicana Literature.” Contemporary Women’s Writing Association. National Taiwan University. Individual Paper. July 13, 2012.

“The Roosevelt High Series: A Focus on Chicana/o Youth Literature.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. Scripps College, Claremont. Individual Paper. November 5, 2011.

“Searching for Chicana/Latina Identity: Conversation on Immigration and Healing Practices in Chicana/o Children’s Literature.” Critical Ethnic Studies & The Future of Genocide: A Major Conference. University of California Riverside. Individual Paper. March 10, 2011.

“Becoming a Nueva Latina: Transforming Identity Politics in the United States in 10 Easy Steps.” Contemporary Women’s Writing: New Texts, Approaches, and Technologies: Third Biennial International Conference of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Network.  San Diego State University. Individual Paper. July 8, 2010.

“There’s No Place Like ‘Home’: Searching, Creating, and Queering ‘Home’ in Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street.” (Dis)Junctions 2010: States of Crisis. University of California, Riverside. April 9, 2010.

RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

St. Augustine College (Chicago), Adjunct Professor (2015-Present)

ElevArte Community Studios (Chicago), Teaching Instructor (2014-Present)

University Writing Program (UC Riverside), Associate Instructor0 (2010-2012; 2013-2014)

Youth Opportunity Center (City of Riverside), Creative Writing Instructor  (2011-2014)

Department of Ethnic Studies (UC Riverside), Research Assistant (Summer 2013)

P.A.C.E. Migrant Education Summer Residential Program (UC Riverside), Program Assistant (Summer 2012)

Graduate Division Mentoring Program (UC Riverside), Peer Mentor (2010-2012)

Academic Preparation and Outreach Office (UC Riverside), Assistant to the Director (Summer 2010)