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I teach courses that focus on the sociology of international development, globalization, international migration (particularly Latino migration), Latin-American studies, and urban sociology. Several of my courses incorporate a community-based learning component involving internship placements in local organizations working with Latino immigrants or field trips to areas in the Southwest (including the U.S.-Mexican border region), Latin America, the Andean Region, or the Caribbean region (particularly Cuba). Over the past several years, my research has focused on Central American transnational migration, specifically how immigrant organizations in Los Angeles interact with their countries of origin and the extent to which this interaction contributes to their adaptation process in the U.S. Much of my research involves qualitative fieldwork in Central America.
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison M.A., University of California-Los Angeles Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles