I'm now writing Assimilation: An Alternative History, a history of assimilation as an ideology, practice, and policy in the United States. As a founding member of the UC Latino Cultures Network, I'm also helping develop a collaborative, online keywords resource for and about Latino studies.
In 2013, I was appointed Director of the Chicano Latino Research Center at UC Santa Cruz.
I cherish both research and teaching. In 2010, I received an Excellence in Teaching Award from my students and colleagues at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where I've worked since 2002.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I hold a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and am currently an Associate Professor in Latin American and Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz.