Contemporary U.S. Latino/a literature and cultures, Caribbean literature and cultures, performance studies, race and ethnicity, transnational feminism, migration, human rights, Dominican and Dominican diaspora studies.
Academic Degrees: B.A., Journalism, Spanish Language and Literature (Highest Honors), Rutgers University, New Brunswick; M.A. Latin American Literature and Cultures, Rutgers University, New Brunswick; PhD American Studies, specialization in Latino/a Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Completed book manuscript. Archiving Contradictions: Bodies, Nations and the Production of Dominicanidad. A study of the process of racial identification of the Dominican subject as linked to the geographical and imaginary borders that placed the Dominican nation between Haiti and the United States since the birth of the republic in the 19th century. Under contract, Duke University Press
Completed book manuscript. Narrating Contra/diction: Haiti, the United States, and the Imagining of Dominican Identity. A study of the process of racial identification of the Dominican subject as linked to the geographical and imaginary borders that placed the Dominican nation between Haiti and the United States since the birth of the republic in the 19th century.
Ongoing book-length project. Translating Blackness: Latinos Negotiating Race and Belonging Across the Atlantic engages various geopolitical spaces: Latin America, the United States and Europe, providing a new cartography for understanding contemporary Latino/a racialization. Specifically, my research analyzes how black Dominican migrants and their descendants grapple with various racial systems finding ways to translate racial meaning across national contexts while carving a space of belonging and representation within the nation (s) that often exclude them.
Ongoing research project. Trans-Latinidad: New Borders and the Imagining of Dominican Identities in The 21st Century. Trans-latinidad proposes the Latino/a experience in a trans-border, trans-Atlantic context. Examining the relationship that exists among different diasporic Dominican communities --New York, Madrid, Milan, and Berlin-- and their incidence on island politics and cultural representation, my research examines dominicanidad as a cultural category for understanding the Latino/a experience in the 21st century. Looking to U.S. racial and ethnic discourse, Dominicans in Europe have been constructing a new way of understanding cultural and racial identities in dialogue with European and Latin American politics of representation and citizenship. In turn, their victories, and representations, as evidenced in the case of Denny Mendez, the first black Miss Italia who was embraced in the U.S. as an icon of African American pride, can “return” creating a circular, trans-Atlantic exchange that blurs the lines between national, racial, and historical borders