I am an Assistant Professor of Labor & Employment Relations at The Pennsylvania State University and a Faculty Affiliate in Sociology, Latin American Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Center for Global Workers' Rights.
I was recently featured as an Early Career Scholar by the American Sociological Association's Organizations, Occupations and Work Section, and this summer I was elected to serve as Secretary/Treasurer of the ASA’s Labor and Labor Movements Section as well as the Chair of the Latin American Studies Association’s Labor and Labor Movements Section. I completed my Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2017, and my dissertation, Domesticated Democracy? Labor Rights at Home in New York City and Lima, received the Honorable Mention in the Labor and Employment Relations Association's 2018 Thomas A. Kochan and Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Award Competition. Other recent work won the Cheryl Allen Miller Paper Award from Sociologists for Women in Society, the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award from the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association, and the Distinguished Graduate Student Paper Award from the Labor and Labor Movements Section of the ASA.
In my book manuscript, Bringing Law Home, I ask, what are the limits of law as an effective instrument in regulating relations of labor inside households? Drawing from 10 months of ethnography in Lima and 8 months in New York City, 120 in-depth interviews, legislative transcripts, and demographic survey data, I examine the consequences of landmark labor protections for domestic workers—predominantly immigrant and indigenous women of color—in two large urban centers of migration with recently enacted law. My research reveals how the industry’s historic roots in colonial and racialized relations shape its legal regulation and thus reproduce those inequalities in practice inside of the home.
At Berkeley, I was a Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society. I have a Master of Science in Labor Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where my thesis won the Outstanding Feminist Scholarship Award.
At the CGWR at Penn State, we recently hosted our eighth annual symposium, "Alternative Worker Movements at a Time of Political Crisis: Transforming Predicament into Possibility," welcoming scholars and practitioners from Vietnam, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, the U.K., and across the U.S.. The full program and more information on our speakers can be found here.
In 2018, I joined a group of researchers to document the Second Global Congress of the International Domestic Worker Federation in Cape Town, South Africa. I am also the recipient of several external fellowships, including the American Association of University Women American Dissertation Fellowship, the Inter-American Foundation’s Grassroots Development Fellowship (IIE), and the Mellon Latin American Sociology Fellowship. I am also part of UCLA's Experiences Organizing Informal Workers research team, and a member of the Research Network for Domestic Worker Rights.
My published work appears in Oxford’s Youth, Jobs, and the Future, Sage's The Social Life of Gender: From Analysis to Critique, The Sociology of Work, Social Development Issues, Doméstica: Housemaids, and Critical Cities. Additional research is under review.