B.A. in Liberal Arts and Spanish, minor in History, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Mexico, social movements, race and ethnicity, violence, memory, oral history, Indigenous mobilizations and indigeneity.
During my undergraduate career, I pursued my academic interests in Latin America across multiple disciplines. In 2018, I spent a semester studying history and anthropology in Oaxaca, Mexico. While in Oaxaca, I taught English with a women’s weaving cooperative in a Zapotec community. The women’s collective narratives of their community’s history challenged what I had learned about Mexico’s Indigenous past within a more formal university setting, thus inspiring my interest in oral history. After returning to Tennessee, I created the project, Chattanooga Latinx Oral Histories, to document the contributions and experiences of local Latinx community leaders, while also observing the role of personal experience in the formation of collective histories. Also as an undergraduate, I spent the summer of 2019 studying development and human rights in Santiago, Chile. My coursework in Chile led me to produce a research paper that examined the broader implications of the contemporary Mapuche social movement on perceptions of indigeneity.
As a MALAS student with a specialization in Indigenous Studies, I look forward to further cultivating my knowledge on Indigenous affairs across the Americas. I plan to pursue a research project in Southern Mexico that will utilize oral history to capture individual responses to contemporary issues facing Indigenous peoples. This project will investigate Indigenous resistance movements, how these movements have influenced the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the state, and how, in turn, these relationships have shaped individual and collective identities.Contact