Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae  

[updated 2019] 


2014    Ph.D. Ethnic Studies, University of California at Berkeley

2009    M.A. Ethnic Studies, University of California at Berkeley

2007    B.A. English; Puerto Rican & Hispanic Caribbean Studies; Women's & Gender Studies, Rutgers University


Twenty & Twenty-first century Latinx Caribbean and Afro-Hispanic Literature; Latinx & Afro-Diasporic Studies; Visual & Cultural Studies; Comparative Ethnic Studies; Women of Color & Decolonial Feminisms; Diaspora/Exile Literature; Colonialism and Decolonization; Postcolonial and Decolonial Literature.


2014 - Present    Tenure-Track Assistant Professor | Michigan State University | English | African American & African Studies

2017-2018 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow | Duke University | English

2013 - 2014        Full Time Instructor | Rutgers University | Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies

2011 - 2013        Learning Community Coordinator | Rutgers University | Institute for Research on Women 

2008 - 2010        Instructor | University of California at Berkeley | Department of Ethnic Studies 


Decolonizing Diasporas: Radical Mappings of Afro-Atlantic Literature. Book Manuscript, Northwestern University Press, 2020


Your Lips: Afro-Latina Becomings.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, forthcoming.

“After the Hurricane: Afro-Latina Decolonial Feminisms and Destierro.” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, forthcoming.

"A Case for Relation." Small Axe, forthcoming.

“The Life Work of Ana Celia Zentella: Anthropolitical Linguistics, Bilingualism, and Linguistic Communities at a Crossroads.” CENTRO Journal, 28 No. 1, 2016 (76-195).

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 2015 Diversity Essay Prize Winner: “Faithful Witnessing in Decolonial Readings of Shadows of Your Black Memory and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 30 No. 4, 2015 (641-656).

“Reparation as Transformation: Radical Literary (Re)imaginings of Futurities Through Decolonial Love.” Journal of Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, 4 No. 1, 2015 (41-58).


“Afro-Latinxs on the New York Scene: Daniel José Older’s Shadowshaper & Sofia Quintero’s Show and Prove.” SX Salon, 23, 2016


“Not Your Papa’s Wynter: Women of Color Contributions Toward Decolonial Futures.” In Beyond the Doctrine of Man, Fordham University Press, 2020.

"Junot Díaz’s Diasporic Discontents: Race, Sex, Belonging, and the Promise of Decolonial Love." Oxford Encyclopedia of Latina/o Literature, forthcoming. 

“Hoodrat Praxis in a Time of Love and Fury.” Co-Authored with Jessica Marie Johnson. SUNY Press, forthcoming.


“‘Yo Lesbiana’: Intimacies, Kinship, and Queer Fugitivity in Trifonia Melibea Obono’s La Bastarda.Callalloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters, solicited & under review.

“Black Puerto Ricans and Archive of Disappearances: a study of Frank Espada’s papers.” Peer Reviewed Journal Article, in preparation.

“Caramel & Queer”: U.S. Latinx Literature, Anti-Blackness, and Colorblind Rhetoric.” Peer Reviewed Journal Article, in preparation.


2018-2019        Michigan State University Inspirational Woman of the Year Award

2018-2019        Michigan State University Faculty Leadership Award

2018-2019        Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP) Production Grant 

2017-2018        Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship 

2017-2018        Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement 12-month Fellowship (declined)                                                 

2016 - 2017      LASA Latina/o Studies Section Dissertation Award Honorable Mention     

2016 - 2017      GSAH Global Perspectives Colloquia Grant                                                     

2015 - 2017      Duke University Mellon Mays SITPA Scholar                                                 

2015 - 2016      Hypatia Journal Diversity Essay Prize Winner                                                

2013 - 2014      UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Department Travel Grant                

2013 - 2014      Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Honorable Mention                           

2012 - 2013      UC Berkeley Metro New York Leaders Fellowship                                          

2010 - 2011      UC Berkeley Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship                                                       

2008 - 2009      Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention                     

2008 - 2012      UC Berkeley Graduate Division Summer Research Grant                               

2007 - 2009      UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellowship                                                                

2006 - 2016      Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Scholar                           


American Studies Association

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora

Caribbean Philosophical Association

Critical Ethnic Studies Association

Latin American Studies Association

Modern Languages Association

National Women’s Studies Association