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. 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 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