I hold complimentary appointments in Latina/o/x Studies and Spanish and Portuguese.
I am the author of Making Art Panamerican: Cultural Policy and the Cold War (Minnesota 2013; Metales Pesados 2016) and The Fence and the River: Culture and Politics at the U.S.-Mexico Border (Minnesota 1999). I have co-edited two volumes that grew out of collaborations among scholars working in and on the Latina/o/x Midwest: Building Sustainable Worlds: Latinx Placemaking in the Midwest (Illinois, Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest series, 2022) and The Latina/o Midwest Reader (Illinois, Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest series, 2017).
My current research focuses on visual culture, performance, and placemaking in the Americas.
Literary and Cultural Studies of the Americas
Latina/o/x Midwest studies
U.S.-Mexican Border Arts and Culture
Visual Culture Studies
Cultural Policy Studies