Latinx Studies, Caribbean Studies, Border Studies, Afro-Diasporic Spirituality


I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and first came to the Philadelphia area to earn my bachelor's degree from Haverford College. I then moved to Massachusetts and received my Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. Before coming to Temple, I was an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Colby College.

Current Research
My research establishes connections between the Caribbean diaspora, Chicanx communities, and broader Latinx Studies by analyzing the presence and valence of water. My current book project, Rippling Borders in Latina Literature, explores the relationship between water, borders, bodies, and spirituality in Chicana and Caribbean Latina authors.
Selected Awards

  • 2018 Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow
  • 2017-2018 Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Mexican American Studies, UT Austin

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “Por amor en el caserío: Caribbeanizing West Side Story” in Latino Studies Volume 16 Number 2 (2018)
  • “Towards a Genealogy of Water: Reading Julia de Burgos in the 21st century,” Small Axe 54 (2017)

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

  • “Rippling Borders in Latina Literature” in The Image of the River in Latin/o American Literature edited by Elizabeth Rivero and Jeanie Murphy, Lexington Books (2017)
  • “Transformative Currents: An Exploration of the Sea and Identity in the Works of Angie Cruz and Nelly Rosario” in Negotiating Latinidades, Understanding Identities Within Space edited by Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez, Cambridge Scholars Press (2015)

Courses Taught

  • 3096.003- Adv Analysis & Writing                
  • 4152.001/5152.001- US Latino/a Studies