Welcome to my website! I am a philosopher, writer, and philosophy for children practitioner.
I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and participating faculty in the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. My primary research interests are in political philosophy, with a special focus on migration issues, Latin American and Latinx philosophies, bioethics, feminist philosophy, philosophy for children, and public philosophy.
I am the author of Socially Undocumented: Identity and Immigration Justice (Oxford University Press, 2020), and the co-editor of Latin American Immigration Ethics (University of Arizona Press, 2021) and Ética, Política, y Migración (UACJ Press, 2021). You can access some of my academic articles on topics like migration and reproductive justice, Mexican philosophy, and philosophy of education here.
Currently, I am developing a feminist theory of borders for in-progress monograph Intimate Borders: Feminism at the Boundaries of the State. Drawing upon recent border theory, Latin American, Latina, and Indigenous feminist philosophies, and several prominent philosophical accounts of intimacy and privacy, I explore how borders systematically violate intimacy in ways that perpetuate social injustice. I pay particular attention to ways in which crossing borders for abortion and prenatal care often constitutes intimacy violation, as well as the unique experiences of LGBTQ and Indigenous border-crossers. I ultimate argue for a an explicitly feminist vision of open borders.
I also have integrated research and community outreach interests in philosophy for children (P4C), and am a Whiting Public Engagement Fellow. I founded the Oaxaca Philosophy for Children Initiative in Oaxaca City, Mexico, and the Philosophy for Children in the Borderlands program in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Toward the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic I also created a free, virtual, asynchronous P4C course in Spanish, which can be accessed and used here. Recently, I have started developing a P4C program for Las Vegas public schools, and for the 2022-2023 academic year I am a Fulbright García-Robles Scholar in Mexico, pursuing P4C and other outreach projects in Hidalgo and Puebla.
As a public philosopher I have written for LA Times En Español, Salon, Ms. Magazine, Psyche, BBC News Online, The Guardian, The Morning Call, The News (Mexico City), In Madrid, and other publications. From 2021-2022, I was an inaugural Marc Sanders Foundation Philosophers in the Media Fellow. You can access some of my published non-academic writings here.
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