I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University, San Bernardino. My research to date has included areas such as Latin American migration to the U.S., Migrant civic engagement, Globalization, Social Movements, Community Based Research, and Public Health. For example my research on Latino immigrant political and civic participation has led to three publications in this area. The first is a 2003 co-authored paper with Matt Barreto in the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences titled “Reexamining the ‘politics of in-between’ Political Participation among Mexican immigrants in the United States.” The second is a co-authored 2014 article in Migration and Development titled “Looking out for Paisanos: Latino Hometown Associations as Transnational Advocacy Networks” which reviewed previous work on Latin American Hometown Associations and explored what social movement theory can contribute to this area of the literature. The third is a 2015 co-authored paper titled “Mexican Immigration and the Struggle for Civil Rights” in the Encyclopedia on Contemporary Issues and People of Color. My publication record includes teaching and learning journal articles and initiatives where in collaboration with Ken Culton we have explored topics such as music and theory, social movements and case studies, and criminality and white collar crime.
My current project explores public health, emergency medicine, and the Latino community. I am part of the New Connections network designed for new and mid career public health scholars. Most recently I participated in a New Connections Coaching Clinic in Denver, Colorado.
I spent a year as an Annie E. Casey Foundation Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) scholar. This is an intensive program that included coursework, mentorship from leading evaluation scholars, and a practicum experience in evaluation. I serve as a LEEAD Liason for the 2016-2017 cohort of scholars where I am tasked with keeping the group connected and facilitating any professional development needs.
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I have participated in other educational and skill development programs relevant to the social sciences through national institutions such as the American Evaluation Association and the RAND Corporation.
In 2015 I was an AEA Minority Serving Institution Postdoctoral Fellow. My co-fellows and I developed a project which involved a review of the literature on cultural competency models, training, and theory as explored in Sociology, Public Health, Community Psychology, and Social Work.
I participated in the Pardee RAND Summer 2015 Faculty Workshop in Policy Analysis and Research. All of the Faculty Fellows took part in Methodological and Policy Analysis Training.
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Participation in CSUSB initiatives
Healthcare Spanish Program
Latin American Studies Program
Center for Health Equity
Other Professional networks
Urban Social Science Research
American Sociological Association
American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education
Media/Organizational Press Appearances
Community and Development Newsletter, SSSP
"TRUMP IN CALIFORNIA: The lines are drawn."
http://www.pe.com/articles/trump-801553-protesters-state.html, April 29, 2016.
“DIVERSITY: 145 languages spoken in Inland homes.” November 5, 2015.