Graduate Student Bios

The students profiled below are currently earning graduate degrees in the Department of Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies.

LACS Graduate Student Bios
Arinka Abad

Email: [email protected]

Ph.D. Dissertation Title: The Emotional Cost of Migration: Peruvian Women Migrants' in the U.S
M.A. Project Title: International Migration, Remittances and Gender: A Qualitative Study of the Peruvian Province of Callao
Research Interests: Immigration, Social Inequality, Public Health Policy, Diversity/Inclusion, Race and Gender Issues, Quantitative, Qualitative Research Methods

Major Awards and Scholarships:
Initiative for Women Awards, Fall 2014
Education / Degrees
Ph.D. Candidate, Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies (LACS), Expected May 2021 
Master of Arts in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies (LACS), May 2012
Bachelor of Arts in Economics, minor: Business Administration, May 2000

Courses Taught:
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 

  • Spanish for Health Careers, 211 - 08/2020 to Present

University at Albany

  • Puerto Rico; History, Culture, and People (Winter Online Course) - 12/2019 to 01/2020
     

Publications

  • The significance of study cases in qualitative research methods - International Migration, Remittances, and Gender. Ethnographic Qualitative Research Conference (EQRC) – Work in Progress

  • Peruvian International Migration, Remittances and Gender: From the Local to the Global" Latin American Perspectives (LASA) – Work in Progress
     

Recent Presentations

  • XXXIII International Conference 2019 - Latin American Studies Association (LASA). Doctoral Thesis – Proposal: "The Emotional Cost of Migration: Peruvian Women Migrants' in the U.S" - 05/2019

  • 31st Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference (EQRC). "Migration, Remittances, and Gender: A Qualitative Study of the Peruvian Province of Callao." - 02/2019

Ildefonso Apelanz
Ildefonso Apelanz

(MS, MA, PhD Candidate)

Email: [email protected]
Website: www.proyectarnacion.com
Twitter: @iapelanz

Dissertation Title:
Pioneras Mujeres Con Gambetas: (en)gendering territories en la historia del fútbol argentino

Research Interest:

  • Gender dynamics and inequalities in sports with focus on fútbol
  • Oral (Hi)stories as a source of knowledge
  • Fútbol Femenino and Fútbol Feminista in Argentina and Latin America

Education:

University at Albany

  • Master of Arts Degree in Spanish (2014)
  • Master of Science Degree in Curriculum Development & Instructional Technology (2013)
  • Bachelor’s Degree, summa cum laude, in Latin American Studies and Economics (2007)

Courses Taught:

University at Albany

  • ALCS201. Latinos US
  • ALCS229. Futbol in Latin America: History of a Global Sport
  • ALCS330. Sports and Women in Latin America
  • ALCS330/348. Social Change in Latin America

Siena College

  • SPAN101. Fundamentals of Spanish I

Hartwick College

  • SPAN101. Beginning Spanish I
  • SPAN102. Beginning Spanish II

Publications:

Book Chapter

Apelanz, Ildefonso (2020). Argentina in the Women's World Cup Mexico 1971: a collaborative approach to building a theoretical landmark. In Carvalho, J. (Ed) Sports Media History: Culture, Technology, Identity (1st ed.). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429287756

Arturo Lua Castillo

Email: [email protected] 

MA Project title: The Real Potential of Renewable Energy in Mexico: Opportunities for Development and Inclusion Under the Sixth Sun. 

Research Interests: Renewable Energy, Sustainable Agriculture, Drug Policy, Development Economics, Environmental Economics, Food Justice, Labor 

Education: 
Bachelor of Arts in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies (LACS), State University of New York at Albany, May 2020                     

Bachelor of Arts in Economics, State University of New York at Albany, May 2020

Luis Javier Cintrón-Gutiérrez

Email: [email protected] 
Website: http://luisjaviercintrong.com 
Twitter: @LuisJCintron787

Research Interest: Violence and Drug trafficking; Death Studies; Cultural Sociology, Mass Media & Culture, Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Puerto Rico
Education / Degrees:
M.A.C. in Media & Contemporary Culture, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, 2020.
M.A. in Sociology (With Distinction), Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, 2016.
B.A. in Political Science, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, 2010.

Courses Taught:
University at Albany - SUNY

  • ALCS 100 - Culture and Power in Americas
  • ASPN 101 - Elementary Spanish II

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts:

  • SOC 100 - Introduction to sociology)
  • SOC 310 - Social Research Methods
     

Publications
Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Cintrón-Gutiérrez, Luis J. Tepito y la Ciudad de México desde el “tercer espacio” de Ingobernable. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies, 4, (1), pp.142–158. DOI: 10.23870/marlas.231

  • Cintrón-Gutiérrez, Luis J. (2019). "Entre “hacer historia” y “¡Qué me velen para’o!”: velorios exóticos y marginalidad contemporánea en San Juan de Puerto Rico. Cuadernos Inter·c·a·mbio sobre Centroamérica y el Caribe, 15, (1). DOI: 10.15517/c.a..v16i1.36498. Book Sections, Chapters & Proceedings

  • Cintrón-Gutiérrez, Luis J. (2015). "Aspectos sociológicos sobre la narco-cultura y los ritos funerarios en Puerto Rico: El caso de la muerte del Chacal de Llorens Torres.” pp. 112-121. In María del C. Quintero Aguiló, G.J. Jiménez Fuentes, M. Joseph Haynes, G. Mejía González, D. Ursulin Mopsus (Eds.), Caribbean Without Borders: Beyond the Can(n)on's Range. Newcastle upon Tyne: UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Book Reviews

  • Cintrón-Gutiérrez, Luis J. (2019). Review of the book Passages and Afterworlds: Anthropological Perspectives on Death in the Caribbean ed. by Maarit Forde and Yanique Hume]. Caribbean Studies 47(2), 164-166. doi:10.1353/crb.2019.0022.
     

Recent Presentations

  • Cintrón-Gutiérrez, Luis J. (2020, August). “Internet Memes as a Representation of Puerto Rican Cities: The Case of Bayamón as a Narcospace.”115th American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Virtual Conference Due to COVID-19. -Cintrón-Gutiérrez, Luis J. (2019, May). “#QueCuenten: Deaths, Journalism, Politics, and Memory in Puerto Rico After Hurricane María.” XXXVII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association - LASA 2019. Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America. [Conference Paper]

  • Cintrón-Gutiérrez, Luis J. (2019, April 5). “[…] más allá de la frontera nos imponen la Guerra’: The Representation of the Contemporary US – Mexico Economic and Political Relations in Ingobernable”. Economic Imaginaries in the Literature and Cinema of Spain and Latin America Symposium. Lehman College - CUNY, Bronx, New York, United States of America.

  • Cintrón-Gutiérrez, Luis J. (2018, May 24). “Death, Marginality, Images and Performance: Contemporary wake ceremonies in inner city of San Juan, Puerto Rico.” XXXVI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association - LASA 2018. Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

Karen R. Ferrer-Muniz
Karen R. Ferrer-Muniz
Email: [email protected] / Kferrermuniz @albany .edu  
Position: Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management 


Project Thesis: “Latina Faculty in Academia: Support Factors when Dealing with Socio-Environmental Challenges to Promote and Attain Success.” 

Awards & Recognitions:
Chancellors and Governors one year Appointee as the First Fellow in Residence, SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute, 2019
Service-Appreciation Certificate, Staff Recognition Ceremony,  EOC/HVCC 
Excellence Service Award, Centro Civíco Hispanoamericano Inc. 
Volunteer Service-Appreciation Certi
Education / Degrees
PhD Doctoral / ABD in Latin American, US Latino and Caribbean Studies, State University of New York at Albany, Present
Master of Arts, Latin American, US Latino and Caribbean Studies, State University of New York at Albany, 1994  
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, 1992 
 
Courses Taught and Currently Teaching:
SUNY Empire College, Saratoga Springs, New York, 2016-Present  

  • ADL-680112 Adult Learners in the Community College (3CR - graduate level). Exploration of the unique role of the community college in serving adult learners including, historical background of Community Colleges in the United States, administration, and academic programs and student services. 

State University of New York at Albany, Albany, New York, 2019-20  

  • LCS 100/HIS140- Cultures of Latin America (3CR – undergraduate level). Survey of the diverse pre-Columbian and New World societies and cultures of Spanish and Portuguese America from the pre-conquest period to the present with a historical development of Latin American society, culture, politics, and economics. 

 
Administrative Experience
Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, New York, 2011-Present  

  • Dean of Retention and Instructional Support Services, Academic Affairs 

Union College, Schenectady, New York, 2008-2011 

  • Director, Multicultural Affairs and Diversity 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Troy, New York, 2002- 2008          

  • Associate Dean of Students - Minority Student Affairs, HEOP, STEP,  

Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) Troy, New York, 1996-2002 

  • Capital District Educational Opportunity Center                    

Centro Civíco of Amsterdam, Inc., Amsterdam, New York, 1995-1996 

  • Director, Initiative Management Program                                                        

Centro Cívico Hispanoamericano, Inc / Multicultural Bilingual Day Care Center, Albany, New York,1994 -1995 

  • Director, Curriculum Development and Education Services                                                                      

New York State Assembly Puerto Rican / Hispanic Task Force,1993-1994 

  • Legislative Community Liaison 


Administrative Experience Institutional Service & Campus Leadership

  • Chair, Retention Plan and Student Communication Plan 
  • SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute Fellow in Residence, Chancellor’s Office 
  • SUNY Council on Assessment, Provost Office 
  • Presidential Cabinet 
  • Strategic Plan Committee 
  • SUNY Open Educational Resources, Campus Lead 
  • Chair Educational Policy Standard Committee, Academic Senate  
  • Middle States Committee, Academic Support Services 
  • Chair Enrollment Management Committee  
  • Chair, New Student Orientation 
  • DegreeWorks Implementation Team 
  • Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness Team 
  • Educational Opportunity Center Advisory Council 
  • Middle States Committee,  Student Life and Services Standard 
  • Student Judicial Affairs, Sexual Assault, Campus Lead 
  • Crisis Intervention Team, Campus Lead 
  • Academic Intervention System, Campus Lead for Ellucian CRM Advise  
  • Graduation and Achievement and Placement Program, Campus Lead 
  • VA Student Resource Center, Campus Lead 
  • SUNY Start Strong to Finish, Campus Lead 
  • Center for Academic Engagement, Campus Lead 
  • Operational Plan and Annual Budget Development 
  • County Chargebacks, Campus Lead 
  • Learning Commons Facilities Building Renovation, 2$ Million, Capital Project Manager 
  • SUNY Guided Pathways, Campus Lead   
     

Principal Facilitator, Academic Advisor Certification, HVCC 

  • Presenter and Founder, Annual Women and Male Empowerment Workshops HVCC 
  • Presenter, “Birds Eye View in our Community Colleges Campuses”, SUNY Leadership Institute 
  • Panelist, VOICES "High Stakes: Outlook for Latino Student Success in the US", HVCC 
  • Presenter, Annual Diversity Conference “Sharing the Dream” Building Community Through Diversity, SUNY College at Brockport 
  • Presenter, “Diversity and Student Life Professionals” at Hamilton College 
  • Presenter, “Institutional Transformation: Developing Inter-Organizational Partnerships to Increase Diversity and Build Community”, WEPAN National Conference 
  • Presenter, “Multiculturalism, Pluralism, Diversity at Union College”, Annual Freshmen and Parents Workshop 
  • Trainer, “Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Skills for Students”, Residential Life Residents Advisors Training, Union College. 
  • Field Researcher, Cuba: “Education, Health and Economic situation of Cuba in the 1990’s”. M.A., UAlbany 
  • Guest Speaker at the "Hispanic Heritage Month" organized by "La Mensa" at UAlbany  
  • Presenter, Action for Personal Choice; The Missing Link Facilitator Training, Inter American University of Puerto Rico/TRIO Programs/US Department of Education Annual Staff Faculty Training 
  • Presenter, Barriers for Employment: Multiculturalism, Annual Job Fair/HVCC 
     

Community Service: Boards & Professional Associations

  • Tech Valley High School, Business Alliance Member 
  • National Symposium on Student Retention (NSSR) 
  • NACADA, Academic Advisors Association 
  • Girls Scout of America, Board of Directors 
  • Centro Cívico Inc., President of the Board of Directors 
  • Ibero Action League, Board of Directors 
  • Children Museum of Science and Technology, Board of Directors 
  • NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education  
  • Upstate New York Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Founding Member  
  • National Association of Multicultural Engineering Programs 
  • Assistant Editor of the Caribbean Studies Association Newsletter, University of Albany 
     

Continuing Education

  • Institutional Assessment Certificates, SUNY Administration 2015 
  • Assessment of Student Outcome Certificates, SUNY Administration 2014 
  • SUNY Leadership Institute, Alumna, 2013  
  • National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) 
  • Grant Proposal Writing, Grant Institute NY 
  • Judicial Decision Making Training, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
  • Safe Zone, LGTBQ, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
  • Conflict Management Training, Community Dispute Settlement  
  • Fundraising for Community Based Organizations and Non-for-Profits Agencies Training, Support Center of America, Washington D.C. 
  •  “How to Supervise People” for Executives, Supervisors & Managers, Rockhurst College, National Seminars Group, Certificate of Training the Trainer,  Fred Pryor Seminar, Pryor Resources, Inc. 
     

Grants - Principal Investigator 

  • City of Albany CDBG Bilingual Ed | $38,000 
  • Federal Perking Grant | $250,000 
  • SUNY Start Strong to Finish | $10,000 
  • SUNY Open Educational Resources | $25,000 
  • SUNY Family Empowerment | $350,000  
  • SUNY English Developmental Ed | $10,000 
  • TRiO SSS- Federal Government | $1,100,000 
  • RPI Higher Education Opportunity Program | $225,000 
  • RPI Science and Technology Enrichment Program | $245,000 
  • RPI Collegiate Science and Technology Enrichment Program | $155,000 
Stephen Ippolito
Stephen Ippolito
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.timetoenddiabetes.com
Position: Ph.D. Student in Latin American, Caribbe


Research Interests: Ethnography, Race Critical Theory, Latinx, Sociology of the Body, Cultural Sociology, Disability Studies Theory, Mass Media & Culture 
Dissertation Thesis Proposal: Race as Seen Through the Disability Critical Theory Perspective [In Progress]
Education / Degrees: 
M.A. in Disability Studies, CUNY School of Professional Studies, New York, NY, 2017 Summa Cum Laude.
B.A. in Sociology, CUNY School of Professional Studies, New York, NY, 2014 Summa Cum Laude

Courses Taught and Currently Teaching: 
CUNY School of Professional Studies Adjunct Professor in Disability Studies

  • DSAB 200: Disability and Society 
  • DSAB 499: Undergraduate Capstone Course
  • DSAB 699 Graduate Capstone Course


Publication:

  • [In Progress] Romance Studies Journal on the conference theme: “The Misrepresentation of the Disability Media Narrative “ The 9th Annual Graduate Student Conference for the Romance Languages and Literature Department. State University of New York at Buffalo on April 3rd and 4th 2020.


Conference [Upcoming]

  • Conference Panelist for Diabetes and COVID-19 Threat for the Latinx Community.  DSA2020 [email protected]: IX Conferencia Bienal de la Asociación de Estudios Dominicanos. Crisis of Truth, State of Emergency, and Social Responses: The Urgency of Dominican and Ethnic Studies in the Present Hour. Hostos Community College, Bronx, NY December 4th, and 5th2020.


Conferences [Recent]

  • An Evening of Poetry and Stories in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month: To embolden the graduate students to participate the literary reading on zoom in the University at Albany, State University of New York, in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the Faculty Humanities, October 16, 2020.

  • Participated in the literary poem reading: “Abuelito Who?” poet by Sandra Cisneros [Cancelled due to COVID-19]

  • Romance Studies Journal on the conference theme: “The Misrepresentation of the Disability Media Narrative “The 9th Annual Graduate Student Conference for the Romance Languages and Literature Department. State University of New York at Buffalo on April 3rd and 4th 2020

  • Disability Awareness Seminar Health, Education, and Research Occupations (HERO) High School. 2020

  • Lions Club International Highbridge District GAT Leadership Symposium: Disability Rights and Empowerment 2020

  • Disability Empowerment and High Education Seminar at the VISIONS Vision Center for the Blind in Spring Valley, NY 2019

  • CUNY SPS Attending Panelist for Undergraduate Information Session.  2019

  • Lions Club International Highbridge District 20-R2 Diabetes Awareness Centennial Conference at Ricardo's by the Bay. 201

Eric Macias
Eric Macias
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @maciase10


Dissertation Title: "Drop Out" and Undocumented: Racialized and Criminalized Latinx Youth Negotiating Spaces of Inclusion
Research Interests: Race and ethnicity, undocumented migration, citizenship, Latinx studies, urban education, alternative education, youth criminalization, and youth political mobilization

Publications: 
Peer Reviewed 

  • Macias, E. (Forthcoming) “A New Purpose in GED Education: Towards the Empowerment and Civic Engagement of “Push Out” Youth.” Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis. 

  • Mejia-McDonald, A.; Macias, E. (Accepted). “Learning from the Struggle: Transnational Connections and the Role of Ethnic Studies in Learning about Social Movements.” Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies.

Book Chapter

  • Macias, E.; Angel, A. (Accepted). “From ‘Push Out’ to Success Beyond the GED: Black Youth’s Educational Attainment, Civic Engagement, and Healthy Relationships,” in E. McPherson & T. Laing (Eds). On Brilliance and Resilience in Education: Black Student Support Networks from G.E.D. to Ph.D

Book Reviews

  • Macias, E; Dreby, J. (forthcoming, December 2020). “Kids at Work: Latinx Families Selling Food on the Streets of Los Angeles” by Emir Estrada. City & Community.

  • Macias, E (Forthcoming, December 2020). “Twelve Weeks to Change a Life: At-Risk Youth in a Fractured State” by Max Greenberg. Teaching and Learning Anthropology Journal. 
     

Recent Presentations:

  • Macias, E (2020, April 17-21). “The Spillover of the Border Spectacle in Schools: Undocumented Youth Navigating Criminalization and Belonging.” The Power and Possibilities for the Public Good When Researchers and Organizational Stakeholders Collaborate [conference session]. American Educational Research Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.  (Conference cancelled)

  • Macias, E (2020, April 2-4). “‘This our spot to skate’: Latino Youth Claiming Space and Belonging.” The State of Urban Affairs and the State of Urban Affairs Research [Conference session]. Urban Affairs Association Conference, Washington, DC. (Conference cancelled)

  • Macias, E (2019, April 11-13). “Navigating Borders of Citizenship: Undocumented (and afraid), Drop-out, and Serving Their Community” [Conference session]. Reconstrucciones: Renovaciones materiales, Políticas y teóricas, The Society of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology Annual Meeting, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 

Anyeline Mejia-McDonald
Anyeline Mejia-McDonald
Email: [email protected] 

Dissertation Title: Dominican Women Experiencing Violence: Transnationalism, Gender, and the Search for Social Justice

Research Interest: Gender and Women’s Studies,  Dominican Studies, Latinx Studies, Migration, Transnationalism, and Caribbean Studies.

Courses Taught:

University at Albany 

ALCS 330 - Dominican Identity: Negotiating the Boundaries of a Nation (4 sections)

ALCS 100 - Culture and Power in the Americas (3 sections)

Publications: 

Under Review

Mejia-McDonald, A; Macias, E. (Accepted). “Learning from the Shared Struggle: Transnational Connections and the Role of Ethnic Studies in Learning about Social Movements”. Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies

Recent Presentations: 

Mejia-McDonald, Anyeline. “Dominican Women Experiencing Violence: Transnationalism, Gender, and the Search for Social Justice”. Paper presented at the International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (Virtual), May 2020.

Andrea Carolina Miranda Pestana
Andrea Carolina Miranda Pestana

Email: [email protected]  


Dissertation / MA Project Title: "The Struggle for Education: Race, Conflict Desegregation in Panama 1954-1974"

Major Awards and Scholarships:
Tinker Foundation Grant, 2017
Beca Joven Investigadora e Innovadora, 2011
Beca Joven Investigadora e Innovadora, 2012

Education/Degrees:
Master of Arts, University of Connecticut, 2018
Master in Cultural Heritage Management, Universidad de Panamá, 2016
B.A. History, Universidad de Cartagena, 20055. Publications

Publications;

  • Miranda, Andrea, Pacheco, Berena et  al (2016). "Estragos de la viruela en Cartagena : limitaciones de los discursos médicos y de la política pública, 1822-1842" en, La ciudad en tiempos de epidemias : Cartagena durante el siglo XIX e inicios del XX . Universitaria Cartagena De Indias . p.23 - 58  2016

  • Miranda Pestana,Andrea Carolina, (2016) "El Packing House de Coveñas. Avances y retrocesos de la industria ganadera en la  Costa Caribe Colombiana 1910-1926" en, Economía del Caribe colombiano y construcción de nación (1770-1930) . Editorial Universidad Nacional. p.233 – 263.Miranda Pestana, Andrea Carolina, & Román Romero, Raúl. (2014). Conflictos y negociaciones entre los empresarios harineros de la región andina y los de la costa caribe colombiana, 1904-1912. América Latina en la historia económica, 21(3), 176-200. Recuperado en 16 de noviembre de 2020, de http://www.scielo.org.mx/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1405-22532014000300007&lng=es&tlng=es.        
              

Recent Presentations 

  • Miranda, Andrea (2018, October 31-November 4) “A Contrived Integration: Race, Education, and School Desegregation in the Panama Canal Zone, 1954-1964”, History of Education Society, 58th Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America.  

  • Miranda, Andrea (2019, May 24-27)

  • “Race and Segregation in the Panama Canal Zone, 1954-1957”, LASA 2019: Nuestra América: Justice and Inclusion, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America.

Steven Torres

Email: [email protected]

MA Project Title: “Gentrification: Stories that have transformed lives of residents in New York City”
Research Interests: Gentrification in New York City, Public Health in Latinx communities, Food Insecurity, Food justice, Race and ethnicity 

Major Awards and Scholarships:
Graduate Opportunity Program award recipient
University at Albany’s President Award for Fraternity & Sorority Life

Education / Degrees:
Bachelors of Arts in Sociology, State University of New York, University at Albany May 2019

Benoît Vallée
Benoit Vallee
Email: [email protected]

Research Interests:
Dominican Studies, Hip-Hop, Transnationalism, Cultural Studies, Globalization, Urban Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Migration, New York Latinidad, Race, Ethnicity, Criminalization, Deportation

Most Recent Conference Presentations:
10/2021 Vallée, B, (forthcoming) Backspinning New York City Hip-Hop Roots: Complicating the Ethno-Racial reality of Blackness and Indigeneity in the MeccaTranscultural Hip-Hop Conference, Historisches Institut, University of Bern, Switzerland

12/2019 Vallée, B, Performing Hip-Hop Blackness within Transnational Dominican Society.
Paper presented at the ALARI Conference, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Harvard University, MA

4/2019 Vallée, B, Cadenuses: Reconstruyendo las Fronteras de la Dominicanidad.
Poster presented at the SLACA Conference, Centro Cultural de España, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Major Awards and Scholarships:
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar (2013)

University at Albany, SUNY - Courses Taught:
ALCS 269: The Caribbean: Peoples, History and Culture / ALCS 100: Culture and Power in the Americas Courses Created and Taught: ALCS 231: Latina/o/xs in New York City Hip-Hop History