In both my professional and personal lives, I seek to engage in transformational service, to do the spadework necessary to bring people together to create a democratic culture, and to develop “group-centered leadership” skills in others.  I aim to serve my department, university, and profession; the communities in which I live and work; and the people whose lives I research and about whom I write.

Highlights @ TCU


Founding Chair, Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, 2015-2020

Faculty Director, TCU Justice Journey, 2011-2020

Interim Director, Latinx Studies Program, Fall 2019

Administrative Fellow, Office of the Dean, AddRan College of Liberal Arts, 2016-2017

Outstanding Faculty / Staff Award, TCU Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services, 2015 and 2012.

Finalist, Wassenich Award for Mentoring in the TCU Community, 2016


Professional Associations & Service (Selected)

Editorial Board, U.S. Latina and Latino Oral History Journal, University of Texas Press, 2015-present

Board of Contributing Editors, LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History, 2018-Present

Southern Labor Studies Association, Vice-President (President-Elect), 2021-22

Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA), Board of Directors (2016-2018), Program Committee & Liaison to Organization of American Historians (2016-2018)

Oral History Association, Diversity Committee (2013-2016), Stetson Kennedy Vox Populi Award Committee, 2016-2018

Texas State Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)

Community Organizations

Co-Chair, Racial Equity Committee, Fort Worth Independent School District, 2017-2021

United Fort Worth, 2017-present

Historians of Latino Americans (HOLA) Tarrant County

Board of Directors, People’s History in Texas, Inc., Austin, Texas (501(c)3)

Cesar Chavez Committee of Tarrant County

Tarrant County Black Historical & Genealogical Society