I was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico to a Puerto Rican mother and a Dominican father, and raised between the island and New Haven, CT. Coming from a working poor background, and having lived in Puerto Rico and the states, have deeply informed my everyday work, pedagogical approach, and praxis. My dissertation, “Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and the Emotional Politics of Race and Blackness in the U.S.,” examines how collective emotions impact the racial and political ideologies of 1.5- and second-generation Puerto Ricans and Dominicans in Central Florida. In this work, I examine how collective emotions in the United States—particularly those surrounding Blackness, Spanish-language use, and immigration—shape the worldviews of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans as they navigate life in Central Florida. In addition to the dissertation, I have conducted research on Black land rights and displacement in Colombia. I received a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Macalester College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. I am currently the U.S. Afro-Latinidades Post-doctoral Fellow in Latina/o Studies at Williams College. In 2020, I will join the Africana Studies and Latino and Caribbean Studies departments at Rutgers University. In my spare time, you can catch me listening to Hip Hop and Salsa, and dancing in my living room.