Peasants and workers on election day in central Mexico, 1939. (Archivo General de la Nacion).

Peasants and workers on election day in central Mexico, 1939. (Archivo General de la Nacion).

I received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. My work uses comparative-historical methods to understand how political identities form and become operative. I have studied this process in two contexts: the trajectory of debates over ‘illegal’ immigration in the U.S., and political party formation in Latin America.  

My research has appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Journal of Language and PoliticsContexts, Jacobin, among other publications, and was recently featured on National Public Radio.

I am the recipient of several fellowships including the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (National Academy of Sciences), the American Sociological Association's Minority Fellowship, and the Multi-Country Research Fellowship (Council of American Overseas Research Centers), among others.