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. I am currently writing a book (under contract with Princeton University Press) on the history of the deportation machine in the United States.

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. In 2017, I helped organize the #ImmigrationSyllabus project. My work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright Program, Miller Center, Newberry Library, and Immigration and Ethnic History Society, among others.

Before coming to UIC I was a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Southern California. I received my Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

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