I completed my PhD at The University of Texas, San Antonio in Latinx literatures, where my work concentrated on what I call “The Bordered Frontier,” or how the border and frontier in American mythology and imaginary are mutually-reinforcing. My dissertation is titled Border Places, Frontier Spaces: Deconstructing an Ideology of the Southwest. My writing and teaching continues to focus on the American Southwest, U.S border theory, third space feminist theory, and ecocriticism. For years, I contributed movie reviews to the borderlands journal LareDOS, and have published in The Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Western American Literature, Chicana/Latina Studies (The Journal of MALCS); I’ve published scholarly book chapters and essays in various venues. I have a BA in Anthropology with a minor in Journalism from the UT Austin, an MA in English from Texas A & M International U, and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Latinx Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
My writing encompasses literature, ideas, and theories that help us understand how to make the world a better place (for all creatures, not just human) by acknowledging our deep-seated relationships to the landscapes we inhabit and which shape our identities. Integrating ourselves more fully into what I call “landscapes of memory” coheres human experience and compels us to act in tandem with our moral obligations toward the spaces and places we call home.