Position title: Professor, English and Chican@/Latin@ Studies
Ph.D. in English, University of California at Los Angeles, 2000
M.F.A. in Creative Writing – Fiction, Arizona State University, 1995
B.A. in English, Spanish Minor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1992
Founder of Mujeres Talk (2010-2017) and Co-Founder and current board member of Latinx Talk (2017 to present), an interdisciplinary academic open access publication specializing in short-form research.
- Black and Latinx in Literature and Film: Navigating Diasporas and Borderlands
- A single-author monograph examining select works of literature and cinema in the Americas from mid-twentieth century to present.
- Latinx Placemaking in the Midwest: Building Sustainable Worlds
- Co-editors with Geraldo L. Caldava (Northwestern), Claire Fox (University of Iowa), and Ramón Rivera-Servera (Northwestern)
- A volume focused on the interrelationship between placemaking and cultural expression in the region, featuring twelve critical and scholarly essays on cultural centers, performances, cultural events, community formations, texts and publications, religious movements and four essays from community leaders in the region on making place and community. [Volume under review with press.]
- “Another Cubanidad, Another Latinidad: Latinx African Diaspora in Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics.” Latino Studies Journal. 16:3 (2018): 341-360.
- “The Ideal Immigrant.” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. 36:1 (2011): 37-67.
- “The Criticality of Latino/a Fiction in the Twenty-First Century.”American Literary History. 23.3 (2011): 600-624.
- “Singing ‘Angelitos Negros’: African Diaspora Meets Mestizaje in the Americas.” American Quarterly 58.2 (2006): 407-430.
- “Exiles, Migrants, Settlers, and Natives: Literary Representations of Chicano/as and Mexicans in the Midwest.” JSRI Occasional Paper No. 64. East Lansing, MI: The Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University, 1999. 1-11.
- “Forms of Chicana Feminist Resistance: Hybrid Spirituality in Ana Castillo’s So Far from God.” Modern Fiction Studies 44.4 (1998): 888-916.
- “African, Latina, Feminist, and Decolonial: Marta Moreno Vega’s Remembrance of Life in El Barrio in the 1950s.” Theories of the Flesh: Latinx and Latin American Feminisms, Transformation, and Resistance. Ed. Andrea J. Pitts, Mariana Ortega, and José Medina. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020.
- “Spirituality.” Keywords for Latina/o Studies. Ed. Deborah Vargas, Lawrence LaFountain, Nancy Mirabal. New York: New York University Press, 2017. [Invited submission, Editor and external peer review]
- Awards: 2018 Choice Outstanding Academic Title.
- “Bodies of Knowledge.” [republication of chapter from 2011 book Spiritual Mestizaje] Contemporary Literary Criticism: Criticism of the Works of Today’s Novelists, Poets, Playwrights, Short-Story Writers, Scriptwriters, and Other Creative Writers. Volume 423. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale/Layman Poupard Publishing, 2018. 102-135.
- “Latinas Leading in the Midwest Through Work, Coalition, Advocacy.” Co-authored with Janet Weaver. The Latino Midwest Reader. Ed. Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Claire F. Fox, Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez. Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2017.
- “…y no se lo tragó la tierra.” Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, Volume Two: Dimensions of the Midwestern Literary Imagination. Ed. Philip A. Greasley. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016.
- “Latino/a Spirituality.” Chapter in Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature. Edited by Suzanne Bost and Frances R. Aparicio. London: Routledge, 2012. 240-250.