I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA (2018-2020) and I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago in 2018. My research, which has appeared in City & Community and Social Forces, explores issues at the intersection of healthcare and immigration reform.
The situation of the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States today represents one of the great civil rights issues of our time. My central research questions thus revolve around the increasing significance of citizenship status in immigrant lives and communities in a context where there has been a lack of comprehensive immigration reform since 1986. My current book project, tentatively entitled Mexican Chicago: Between Belonging and Exclusion, highlights these issues through a five year ethnographic examination amongst a socially similar group of children of immigrants that differ on whether or not they have citizenship.
The importance of these issues is professionally and personally relevant, as I am the child of undocumented immigrants. My next research project will examine the meaning of citizenship and integration within the Irish community. This project will serve as a case that can highlight important factors in immigrant integration including the meaning of race and language within these processes.
Outside of academic interests, I am an avid soccer fan, a lover of 19th century Russian literature, and a great admirer of Southwest Airlines.