A Journey To/Through Family: Nostalgia, Gender and the American Dream in Reyna Grande's The Distance Between Us

My colleague Alicia Muñoz and I wrote this analysis of Reyna Grande's compelling memoir The Distance Between Us.

Latina/o Literature and War: Gendered Combat Zones

This article, published in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Literature, analyzes over a century of Latina/o cultural production that engages with U.S. militarism. I include analyses of novels, short stories, poetry and plays that look at militarism on the U.S.-Mexico border, in Viet Nam, and Central America and focus on Chicana/o, Puerto Rican, and Central American-American writers.

The Visionary Power of Chicana Girls in Virginia Grise’s blu

Read my latest article in Label Me Latina/o, "The Visionary Power of Chicana Girls in Virginia Grise's blu." The article leverages examines how the female youth in Grise’s play negotiate discursive, physical, and sexual violence. Relying on Jose Esteban Muñoz’s theoretical reflection, this analysis emphasizes the ways in which two young women, Soledad and Gemini, disidentify with the racist, sexist, patriarchal and violent social order around them


My paper in Chicana/Latina Studies Fall 2016 volume examines how several poems by the late Gloria Anzaldúa offer a compelling portrait of the role of sexuality in relationship to colonialism, neocolonialism, and state formation. Through a reading of “We Call Them Greasers,” “Cervicide,” and “Yo no fuí, fue Teté,” the essay argues that Anzaldúa pinpoints how heterosexualization and heterosexism have been violently imposed on the bodies and psyches of Chicanas and Chicanos in the service of Anglo and patriarchal social, political, and economic hegemony. 

Media and Activism in Cherríe Moraga's Heroes and Saints

Click here to read my analysis of the role of journalism in Cherríe Moraga's 1994 play Heroes and Saints, published in the Spring 2016 issue of the journal Aztlán. 

Francisco Goldman's The Divine Husband

My article, "The Divine Husband and the creation of a transamericana subject," was published in the Summer 2013 issue of Latino Studies; part of a special issue on U.S. Central Americans: Representations,
Agency and Communications edited by Arturo Arias and Claudia Milian.


Photo-journalism in Graciela Limón's Erased Faces

In Spring 2012 I was excited to be a part of a special section on México: Sin Fronteras published in Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea, edited by Oswaldo Estrada. You can read by article, "Photography, Self-Knowledge and Solidarity in Graciela Limón's Erased Faces" here.

Transnational Community in Demetria Martínez’s Mother Tongue


Published in Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 10:1 (2009), pp. 54–76. Copyright © 2010 by Smith College; published by Indiana University Press. Used by permission.

Read the article here.