Academic & Public Scholarship

Curriculum Vitae


City College of New York (CUNY) M.F.A in Creative Writing (Received 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                                                                                                                                                                               

Girlhood in Latina/o/x Children’s and Young Adult Literature.” Smithsonian Magazine. June 2022.

US Empire, Puerto Rico, and the Roots of American Youth Literature and Culture by Marilisa Jimenez-Garcia.” Book Review. The Latinx Project, New York University. May 2021.

“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.