I am a philosopher, writer, and philosophy for children scholar-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, which tend to overlap, are in the political philosophy of immigration, Latin American and Latinx philosophy, bioethics, feminist philosophy, and philosophy for children.
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, forthcoming in 2021).
Currently, I am developing a feminist theory of borders as part of my in-progress monograph Intimate Borders. Drawing upon recent border theory, Latin American and Latina feminist philosophies, and several prominent philosophical accounts of intimacy, I explore how borders systematically violate intimacy in ways that perpetuate injustice. I pay particular attention to ways in which crossing borders for abortion and prenatal care often constitutes and intimacy violation, as well as the experiences of LGBTQ and Indigenous border-crossers. I end by arguing for a non-ideal, feminist vision of open borders.
I also have integrated teaching, research and community outreach interests in philosophy for children (P4C), and am a current Whiting Public Engagement Fellow (with a P4C focus). I am the founding director of two P4C programs: 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. Here is a short documentary about the Philosophy for Children in the Borderlands program. Toward the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I used funds from my Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship to create a free, virtual, asynchronous P4C course in Spanish, which can be accessed here.
When I can find the time to do so, I enjoy writing poetry, short fiction, features and op-eds. You can find links to some of my non-academic writings here.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.