I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey. My research is centered on the experience of migration in world literature and multi-ethnic literature, specifically Latino/a Literature. I am especially interested in how science fiction has been used to express the experience of migration. I have published a number of essays on Latino/a speculative fiction for journals such as MELUS and for two collections of essays: Black and Brown Planets and Alien Imaginations. I am currently at work on my book project, Latino/a Science Fiction and the Future of Solidarity, and I edited an anthology of U.S. Latino/a science fiction and fantasy, Latin@ Rising. My PhD is in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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My first intellectual love was philosophy, which I first studied as an undergraduate and then later as a graduate student at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. In addition to developing my understanding of literary theory and aesthetics, philosophy's method of critical thinking informs all of my subsequent work. I left philosophy, backed by Wittgenstein, with a desire for taking on non-philosophical pursuits, and began the pursuit of social justice, in particular working for the rights of immigrants. I worked as the director of two non-profit organizations in Northwest Arkansas, one focused on legal aid and the other focused on worker rights. When I decided to return to academics, my career working with immigrants in the non-profit world deeply affected the direction my research would take. I began to search for an accessible way to discuss the topic of migration that also got to the complexity that I was seeing around me. I ultimately came upon the discovery that Latino/a writers and artists were using science fiction and digital culture as a unique means of expression.
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