Graduate Student | PhD Candidate
I was born and raised in Fort Pierce, Florida, and have been a proud FIU panther since 2009. As an undergrad student, I double majored in International Relations and Anthropology with a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. After graduation, I returned to FIU to pursue my Master’s in Geography with a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and then transitioned into the Ph.D. program. My dissertation research is found at the intersection of Cultural Geography and Critical Medical Anthropology. My academic interest includes institutional practices of immigration detention centers and the impacts they have on those held within. My work focuses on understanding the migration industry and the reasons for transfers and the implications that transfers between detention centers can have on immigrant’s legal cases and wellbeing. Growing up Mexican American I have always been interested in immigration studies but my motivation was sparked further when I started volunteering with the non-profit Friends of Miami-Dade Detainees (FOMDD), which runs visitation programs at multiple detention centers in South Florida. As I finish writing my dissertation I continue to volunteer with FOMDD and now work fulltime as a GIS analyst back in my hometown creating GIS solutions for the local utility company and their hurricane response.