Ph.D Student, Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison 2015-Present
M.S., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019
I am a PhD student in the Sociology program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research sits at the intersection of urban studies, migration, labor, and social movements.
My Master's thesis explores collective mobilization against real estate development in several working class neighborhoods in Mexico City. In exploring participants' diverse historical experiences of urbanization, I employ the concept of moral economy to understand the material roots of collective identity and grievance formation in social movements. I contribute to the growing scholarship concerned with the role of identity and subjectivity in social movements. I also suggest that the scholarship on the resistance to gentrification might be strengthened by incorporating the experience of residents facing displacement as a result of urban regeneration in cities in the Global South.
I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, but I left the Pacific Northwest for the Midwest to study my Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Chicago. I graduated in 2010 with a double major in History and Latin American Studies. As a student, I was involved in community and student-worker organizing, particularly through involvement with USAS.
After graduation, I was awarded a Fulbright García Robles Research Grant and moved to Mexico City where I conducted research on the urbanization of the city through popular land invasions during the late 20th century. At the conclusion of my grant, I stayed in Mexico City for four additional years where I worked at the Centro de los Derechos del Migrante. My work at CDM was concentrated on the study of international labor recruitment and temporary employment visas.
In my spare time, I enjoy being creative and exploring the outdoors.