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Greenlaw Hall 320, CB #3520
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520


Ph.D., American Studies, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 2016.
M.A., American Civilization, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 2011.
M.A., American Studies, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2008.
B.A., American Studies, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2005.

Research Interests and Honors

I joined the Department of American Studies as the recipient of a Carolina Postdoctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity in 2018. My research interests focus on the functions of public violence in U.S. empire and nation building, U.S. racial formation, immigration, and the production of U.S. citizenship. My current book project Inventing the Mexican: The Visual Culture of Lynching at the Turn of the Twentieth Century centers performance, popular culture, and visuality as assisting in the relational construction of race. I argue public violences reproduce the vulnerable, unprotected, raced figurations of personhood. I trace the specificity and historical constructions of categorical personhood.

In addition, I have initiated a data, mapping, and social history project on U.S. bounty land grants. This project, which tracks the over six million acres of land granted by both the U.S. federal government and individual states—as incentive to serve in the military and as a reward for service—is provisionally titled Intimate Acquisitions: A Relational History of U.S. Bounty Lands.

 My recent publications include “Antigone’s Refusal: Mexican Women’s Reponses to Lynching in the Southwest,” The Journal of South Texas, Spring 2018; “La Liga Femenil Mexicanista: The Proto-feminism and Radical Organizing of Journalist Jovita Idár,” in From Sit-ins to #revolutions: The Changing Nature of Protests, Bloomsbury Academic, 2018; and “Lonely Visions of Anxious Objects,” in Convoluting the Dialectical Image – Special Issue, The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Taylor & Francis, 2019.

In 2017, I received the 7th Annual Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award from the American Studies Association Committee on Gender and Sexuality, and in 2015, I was presented the 18th annual Catherine Prelinger Award by the Coordinating Council for Women in History for my scholarly and professional contributions to women in history, and for educating young women to pursue careers in the historical profession.


I have taught at Brown University, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and the University of New Mexico.