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I am a Ph.D. candidate in International and Global History at Columbia University. I study the social, cultural, and political history of modern Mexico. My work takes a transnational approach to explore higher education, immigration, and identity.

My current research focuses on the history of Mexican students in the United States and the development of international scholarship programs over the course of the twentieth century. I’ve been funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays) and the SSRC (Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship) for this work.

I have also written a book about a binational program for migrant children whose families divided their time between Michoacán, Mexico and Watsonville, California.

I blog about interesting research finds, research methods and organization, and academic writing, whenever the mood strikes.

I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from Yale University in 2009. From 2009 to 2011, I lived in Zapopan, Mexico, where I completed a Master’s degree in Regional Studies at El Colegio de Jalisco.

My hometown is Sunnyvale, California, and I live in New York City.

You can also find me on the Columbia University Department of History’s website.

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