JUNE 2018 I am excited to announce that I will be joining some wonderful faculty at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as a Visiting Lecturer in American Studies in August 2018! So excited to be a part of some amazing work happening at UMBC especially with community-engagement!

JUNE 2018 I had the opportunity to present at the Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference in Madison, WI on June 15th. My work, "Deregulating Yet Policing: Latinx Labor and Resistance in New Orleans Restaurant Jobs," was featured on the panel, "Minimum Wage, Migration, #MeToo, and Media: Restaurants at the Center of Social Change." I am excited to further develop the panel for the American Anthropological Association in November 2018 in San Jose, CA. Also, it was my first time in Madison and I was impressed. I really enjoyed the Friday Fish Fry tradition.

MAY 2018 SAGE journals will issue the publication for my co-authored article, "Informed Gatekeepers and Transnational Violence: Using Perceptions of Safety of Latino/a Youth in Determining Legal Cases," for Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. For this report, Miranda Stramel, Clare Cannon, and I conducted surveys at the NET Charter School, International High School, and with the Congress of Day Laborers and ran statistical analyses. The goal of the report was to increase understanding of perceptions of safety of Latinx youth comparing New Orleans to their countries of origin. By triangulating secondary data on crime in Mexico, Central America, and New Orleans with primary survey data (N = 52), this study found that the majority of surveyed youth (79.2 %) consider New Orleans safer than their country of origin.  

APRIL 2018 On Wednesday, April 25th I am featured on the show, "Finding Our Common Thread: Migration and Refugees,” on Bethlehem, Pennsylvania's PBS 39. I had the privilege to be on a panel with two Lehigh Valley specialists that work in the field of refugee service and immigration advocacy. We had fascinating dialogue on salient topics like DACA, the Border Wall, refugee and asylum policies, and history of U.S. immigration. The show was in collaboration with Lehigh University's Center for Community Engagement and PBS 39. 

APRIL 2018 I was excited to participate in THREE conferences this month. In early April, I joined some wonderful colleagues on a panel entitled, "Gulf South Geographies of Freedom: Rethinking the Politics and Practices of New Orleans Research in the Geographic Imagination," at American Association of Geographers annual meeting. Together with other New Orleans scholars, I co-organized another panel, "Im/migration and Recovery in Southern Louisiana: Politics and Regulation of Place." Later in the week, I was able to share my more historical work on Mexican foodways in New Orleans at the Louisiana Historical Association annual meeting. Upon returning to Bethlehem, PA, I participated in the "Our (Digital) Humanity Conference," sponsored by the Mellon Digital Humanities Initiated. I moderated a panel called, "Latinx Voices, Culture, and Literature," which featured the brilliant digital humanities work done by undergraduates at The Ohio State University with "Ohio Habla" podcast and digital exhibit of research projects using SCALAR at Swarthmore College. My favorite part of the conference (and there were many!), was getting to be the chauffeur for the Hip Hop artists, Rebel Diaz. So fun. 

FEBRUARY 2018 I was featured in an interview in Lehigh Unversity's The Brown and White. The article covers a new rooftop restaurant opening up in the South Side of Bethlehem, PA and I discuss how to mitigate the impacts of gentrification in the neighborhood.

JANUARY 2018 Check out this radio story that features some of my work on Central American and Mexican food vendors in New Orleans. Gravy published the story, "Hidden in Plain Sight: Las Pulgas of New Orleans," which was produced by Nina Feldman.

DECEMBER 2017 Here's a review of my dissertation, Tacos, Gumbo, and Work: The Politics of Food and Valorization of Labor,  through the Society of Food and Anthropology. Dr. Emma-Jayne Abbots of University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter reviewed the dissertation which features a q&a exchange at the end. 

NOVEMBER 2017  My oral history project on food vendors in the Algiers Pulga and the Westbank Pulga was featured on the Southern Foodways Alliance's, "El Sur Latino." Fernando Lopez and I conducted the oral histories which included videos and photographs. 

OCTOBER 2017 I am editing a series entitled, "Latinx Foodways in North America: A Blog Series," for the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN). I wrote the first post, "Recovery Workers, Latinx Foodways, and Small-Business Development in New Orleans."Contact me if you have ideas or comments!

OCTOBER 2017 Featured speaker at the Southern Foodways Alliance Annual Symposium in Oxford, MS on October 7, 2017. Here's the video of Fernando Lopez and I speaking

SEPTEMBER 2017 I wrote an article for North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) on hurricane recovery, immigration, and labor. You can find it here.

AUGUST 2017 My article"The Mafia, La Raza, and the Spanish-Language Press Coverage of the 1891 Lynchings in New Orleans," was published in Journal of Southern History. 


Photographs provided by Fernando Lopez.