Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Storrs 2009
Gender, Sexuality, Race/Ethnicity, Family, Latina/o Studies, Immigration
Research and Teaching Interests
My research is focused on the experiences of LGBTQ individuals and their families. My first book Amigas y Amantes: Sexually Nonconforming Latinas Negotiate Family explores how lesbian, bisexual, and queer (LBQ) women do family. More specifically, Amigas y Amantes highlights how LBQ Latinas understand femininity, negotiate their religious faiths, overcome the challenges of being in interracial/interethnic relationships, raise their children, and integrate their families of choice and origin. It is available through Rutgers University Press.
My latest research project addresses the unique needs of lesbian stepparent families. This project looks at the unique experiences of same sex parents who together are raising children from previous relationships. This project is designed to better explore the legal, social, and interpersonal, issues these families face and the affect they have on their daily lives.
When I am not conducting research or writing about it, I teach courses on gender, family, and race and ethnicity. As an educator, I enjoy challenging students to think critically, question the taken for granted and envision alternatives to existing social injustices. Prior to joining the sociology department at Georgia State, I was an assistant professor at Tulane University in New Orleans.
For more information visit my website.