What I doThrough research, teaching, and community-engaged work, I draw on interdisciplinary approaches to enhance the public good and contribute to studies of social inequality in Latin America and the US. I engage students directly in research inside and outside of the classroom to prepare students to become active, critical, and reflective agents of social change around the world.
I teach graduate and undergraduate courses on Qualitative Research Methodologies, Cultures of Development, Migration, and Illicit Markets.
- Ph.D., Anthropology, Brown University, 2009
- MA, Anthropology, Brown University, 2005
- BA, Latin America, Latino, and Caribbean Studies, Dartmouth College, 2003
- American Anthropological Association
- Latin American Studies Association
- International Studies Association
- Guatemala Scholars Network
- Society for Applied Anthropology
- Society for Economic Anthropology
My second book, Laboring for Justice: The Fight Against Wage Theft in an American City (Stanford Press 2023) depicts an ongoing community-engaged project to document and address wage theft and advance immigrant and workers' rights through research, policy advocacy, and activism alongside workers, students, and community partners. Nearly 100 students have worked on the project since 2013. You can learn about the project and students' collaborations on the DU Just Wages site: https://dujustwagesproject.wordpress.com/
For my work on the DU Just Wages project, I received the 2018 Public Good Faculty of the Year award from the University of Denver and the 2022 Setha M. Low Award for Engaged Anthropology from the American Anthropological Association.
At DU, I also co-direct the new Center for Immigration Policy & Research,
Areas of Research
- Public Good Faculty of the Year Award, CCESL and Pioneer Awards
- Best Dissertation Prize, New England Council of Latin American Studies
- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Fellowship, Brown University and NICHD