My research interests focus on contemporary Latina/o literatures and cultures. My current book project focuses on representations of harm in late twentieth century Latina novels and memoirs. It examines the gendered, racialized, and ethnicized pathologization of Latinas in works by Julia Alvarez, Ana Castillo, Cristina García, Loida Maritza Pérez, and Irene Vilar. The manuscript drawsconnections among psychological, physical, environmental, and geopolitical harm, and it posits links between Latina deviance and defiance.
Related Publication: “Still Hands: Celia’s Transgression in Cristina García’s Dreaming in Cuban.” Latino Studies, Volume 6, December 2008.
My budding research interests lie in the arena of Latinas/os and education. I am interested in what it means to grow up Latina/o. To this end, I am investigating connections among Latina/o coming of age narratives, curricular policies that affect Latinas/os, governmental policies that impair or facilitate Latinas/os’ access to an education, debates surrounding English-Only policies and bilingual or multilingual education, and censorship of Latina/o texts in school libraries and classrooms.
Related Publication: “Censorship and Latina/o Texts.” Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature, Forthcoming 2012.