I am a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Chicago specializing in Afro-Latin American Studies. My research in the port city of Veracruz, Mexico, focuses on how a concerted discourse regarding locals’ Afro-Caribbean history and heritage has been re-incorporated and therefore integral to the regional identity “jarocho”.
I am a graduate of Harvard College, magna cum laude with a joint degree in African and African American Studies and Social Anthropology. I received my master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and will defend my dissertation in March 2018. I am a Fulbright Student Scholar, a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. While at the University of Chicago, my research has been supported by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture where I served as a Residential Fellow during the 2015-2016 academic year. I have also received the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows Dissertation Completion Grant.