I am an assistant professor of History and Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). My research and teaching interests include migration history and policy; Mexican American and Latina/o history; and recent U.S., Mexican, and Central American history. During 2018-2019 I will be a Faculty Fellow at UIC’s Institute for the Humanities, where I will be working on a book (under contract with Princeton University Press) about the history of the deportation machine in the United States since the late nineteenth century.

I have published articles, essays, and reviews in academic venues like the Journal of American Ethnic History and popular outlets such as The Nation and The Washington Post. My work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright Program, Miller Center, and Immigration and Ethnic History Society, among others.

In 2017, I helped organize the #ImmigrationSyllabus project. I co-coordinate the Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar at the Newberry Library and the Global Migration Working Group at UIC, where I also serve as the faculty advisor for the Fearless Undocumented Alliance.

Before moving to Chicago, I was a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and a visiting scholar at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. I received my Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

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