My current research explores how contemporay Chicanx and Mexican artists are using textiles and textile arts to address the socio-political conditions of the borderlands. Other research interests include: Chicanx and Mexican altars as sites of embodied knowledge, visualizing migration narratives, social media as alternative archives for Chicanx histories, intersectional theory, and activist art.
I am also on the editorial board of Refract: An Open Access Visual Studies Journal.
Porter Faculty Services
Zapatista Embroidery as Speech Act in Zapantera Negra, Sequiter, Volume 4 Issue 1
“From Domestic Sphere to Public Space: Patssi Valdez’s Bodily Manifestation of the Virgen de Guadalupe,” Sensing Difference: New Artistic Approaches to Embodied Knowledge, Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), October 28, 2017
2018, UCSC Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development (SSRC-DPD) program
2017, Arts Dean’s Fund for Excellence Award, UCSC
2017, Gulnar Bosch Student Travel Assistant Grant, Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC)
2016-2017, Regent’s Fellowship, UCSC
2015-2016, Contemporary Art Curatorial Fellow, MassArt Bakalar & Paine Gallery, Boston, MA
2013-2014, Art History Graduate Scholarship, Tufts University