I am an Associate Professor of Latinx and Borderlands Literature in the Department of English at Texas Tech University. I completed my PhD at The University of Texas, San Antonio and specialize in Latinx literatures and the American Southwest as well as U.S border theory, third space feminist theory, popular culture, and film. I contributed movie reviews to the borderlands journal LareDOS, and have published articles and reviews in The Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Western American Literature, Chicana/Latina Studies (The Journal of MALCS) as well as contributed scholarly book chapters in various venues.
My early work highlighted the need to disrupt mythologies of the American West by incorporating border voices and identities. My current book project explores aspects of Utopian and Social Dreaming in the Borderlands, and all of my writing concentrates on the literature of social justice and the environment.
I have a BA in Anthropology with a minor in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA in English from Texas A & M International University, and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Latinx Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to coming to Texas Tech University, I spent a year teaching Fiction and Introductory Communication at Alemaya University in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia as a volunteer lecturer with The International Foundation for Education and Self Help. I have also taught English at The University of the Incarnate Word, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and was a faculty member of the English Department at Laredo Community College.