I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at UMass Lowell. I earned my PhD in Sociology at Texas A&M University in 2020, and MA in Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University in 2014.
I was born and raised in Connecticut by Puerto Rican teen parents. Everyday life in a state with such enormous income inequality shaped my concern for how people navigate structural barriers, especially at the intersection of race and gender.
As a sociologist today, I seek to examine the everyday world as a problematic. Dorothy Smith’s conceptualization of the everyday is formative to my research agenda. Smith (1987:99) instructs us to:
Look for the inner organization generating [the everyday’s] ordinary features, its order and disorders, its contingencies and conditions, and to look for that inner organization in the externalized and abstracted relations… of the ruling apparatus in general.
Thus, my research examines how race and gender, as structures of inequality, are created, lived out, and contested in the context of the everyday. I am especially interested in how this process plays out at work, in the family, and in new media spaces. I also pay special attention to how intimate labor— the paid and unpaid work we do to sustain ourselves and others across multiple domains— provides a mechanism for inequality to persist.