I am the son of Mexican migrant workers from the Texas/Mexican border and I have worked as a bilingual classroom teacher and school principal in Latinx working class communities. These experiences have shaped my lens to interrogate and dismantle dominant structures, narratives and practices around culture, race and language that serve to marginalize and keep people from realizing their full humanity. I have centered my research projects in Latinx communities heavily impacted by global migration in California, El Salvador, and Madrid, Spain. My research examines how Latinx peoples, youth and their families, negotiate from the bottom up global migration, citizenship, belonging and complex identity formation processes in the context of severe inequality and structural constraints within sending and receiving contexts of transnational migration circuits. My work seeks to develop methodologies/pedagogies that facilitate understanding of the complex, liminal lives of migrant subjects.
Migration and border studies in global Latino/a communities, Social theory, critical ethnography, and participatory action research, Education and social change, equity and school reform, Critical literacy and pedagogy