Afro-Latinx and 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, in Maine.

Selected Publications


Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • 2022: “Chronic Illness and Transformation in Gloria Anzaldúa’s ‘Puddles’” in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, 47(1), pp. 15-42
  • 2021: “‘Por el mar que nos une’: boat people’s Living Waters” in Chicana/Latina Studies, 20(2), pp. 28-59
  • 2018: “Por amor en el caserío: Caribbeanizing West Side Story” in Latino Studies, 16(2), pp. 213-229

Public Scholarship

Courses Taught

  • 2002: Hispanic Readings
  • 2096: Composition 
  • 3001: Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation 
  • 3096: Advanced Analysis and Writing 
  • 3020: (Latin American Studies)- We Are Here Because You Were There
  • 3142: Puerto Rican Readings 
  • 4133: Hispanic Women’s Writing
  • 4151/5151: Literature of the Caribbean
  • 4152/5152: US Latino/a Studies
  • 8147: Unbordering Latinx Studies 
  • 8147: Unraveling the “X” in Latinx Studies