I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I completed my undergraduate and master's work at UC Santa Barbara as well, where I received a Master's Degree in Chicana & Chicano Studies in 2013 and a Bachelor's Degree in Chicana & Chicano Studies and Global Studies in 2010. I am also a McNair Scholar Alumnus.
My dissertation focuses on linguistic practices among self-identified LGBTQ Chicana/o and Latina/o communities in southern California. Through linguistic ethnography, I plan to examine particular practices such as the use of Spanglish, accents, and linguistic profiling. In addition, I am observing correlations between queerness and Spanglish to theorize Spanglish as a queer linguistic practice.
Queer Chicana/o Studies
Language and race
Politics of Spanglish
Gender and sexuality