I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies with a minor in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory at the University of Arizona. My dissertation “Travesando Chicana Punk” is an interdisciplinary project that examines the experiences and identities of Chicanas within punk, a transnational music-based cultural movement. Focusing on music, memoirs, and zines or self-made mini magazines from the 2000s to the present, I highlight how Chicanas participate in the movement and broaden Chicana and punk representations as well as cultural practices. My research interests also include Chicana feminisms, Chicana/o Studies, Latina/o Studies, Cultural Studies, Sound Studies, punk, zines, life-writing, and popular music.
My work has been supported by various funding institutions including the Louise Foucar Marshall Foundation and the Bilinski Educational Foundation amongst others. I have presented my research at numerous national association conferences including the American Studies Association (ASA) and National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA). My work has also been featured in Sounding Out! and I have written book reviews for leading journals such as Atzlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies and Text & Performance Quarterly. As an educator, I have taught Gender and Women’s Studies courses at the University of Arizona and Pima Community College for the Department of Ethnic, Gender, Transborder Studies and Sociology (EGTSS). I earned my M.A. in Gender and Women’s Studies at UA, a B.A. in Feminist Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an A.A. from Glendale Community College.