Associate Professor — Ph.D., University of Southern California
Gender and Sexuality of Mexican Immigrant Populations
My sociological research focuses on the areas of sexuality, gender, Mexican American and Mexican studies, and social inequality. These intellectual projects are inspired by feminist theorizing and research in the social sciences whereby sexuality is considered a social prism through which to explore institutional dynamics in the areas of religion, education, law, family, culture and politics. In my current research project I am conducting an in-depth sociological examination of incest and other forms of sexualized contact (i.e., voluntary and involuntary) within the context of the family in Mexican society. My primary methodological approach is ethnographic, and I also have a special interest in engaging in multidisciplinary conversations on the ethical and methodological issues and concerns researchers encounter while conducting research on sensitive issues. Lastly, I have a special interest in exploring ways in which feminist-informed epistemologies and methodologies in the social sciences have the potential to facilitate individual and collective healing, and social justice through dialogue with emerging critical theories of feminism and engaged research across disciplines.
Department affiliations: Center for Mexican American Studies, Center for Women's and Gender Studies, and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Family Secrets: Stories of Incest and Sexual Violence in Mexico. New York University Press, 2015.
Co-edited with AnaLouise Keating. Bridging: How Gloria Anzaldúa’s Life and Work Transformed Our Own. University of Texas Press, 2011.
Erotic Journeys: Mexican Immigrants and Their Sex Lives. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.
Travesías eróticas: La vida sexual de mujeres y hombres migrantes de México. Mexico City: Grupo Editorial Miguel Angel Porrúa, 2009. [Spanish translation of Erotic Journeys]
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