Research & Teaching Interests

  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Race, Gender & Class
  • Family
  • Sexuality
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Qualitative Research Methods
Additional Teaching Topics:
  • Introduction to Soc
  • Social Theory
  • Sociology of Childhood
  • Poverty & Inequality in the US
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Feminist Theory
  • Social Panics in US


I am an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Albion College. I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology & Women's Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2011.

As a first generation college student and a Mexican-American woman, I was drawn to both sociology and women's/gender studies because of my lifelong concern with the stratification I observed and experienced in society. I am passionate about sharing with students the critical tools sociology and women's/gender studies provide for the analysis of how social inequality and injustice are produced and reproduced in US society.

My research examines how dominant public discourses that categorize people impact the lives, opportunities and identities of those stigmatized by them. I am currently investigating how discourses of motherhood are negotiated by women who were low-income and teenaged (i.e., "welfare queens" and "teen moms") when they became mothers.

For more detailed information about my teaching, current and future research and community-based work, please use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate this website.

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