My career as a professor began at the University of Connecticut studying Spanish Literature as a graduate student and teaching undergraduate Spanish courses. I simply loved teaching college students. At the same time, however, I found myself drawn to modern dance. So, after finishing my MA, I taught Spanish at private high schools for a decade while performing in small dance companies in Connecticut and New York City. I also taught dance (the Humphrey technique) to children at the studio of the late Ernestine Stodelle, and I wrote dance reviews for major newspapers in Connecticut.

After a nice stint in the NYC downtown modern dance scene performing and also working as the company manager for performer/composer/choreographer Meredith Monk, I returned to academia to study for my PhD in Hispanic Literature. I also began to practice yoga, and become a certified Kripalu instructor. I taught yoga in New York City and in the Hudson Valley, prior to coming to Elmira.

 My research first centered on the music and politics of Latin America and the Caribbean. My book on that subject, titled Song and Social Change in Latin America, was published in 2013 by Lexington Books. Later I turned to researching and writing about Latino immigration issues and how they are portrayed in documentary. My second book, Telling Migrant Stories: Latin American Diaspora in Documentary Film, co-edited with Esteban Loustaunau, was published in 2017 by University of Florida Press.

 I enjoy teaching all levels of Spanish at EC, especially the upper-level courses in literature, film, and history. Working with the Spanish Club has been rewarding too, as the students and I have invited and hosted many fascinating Latin American thinkers, writers, and filmmakers on our campus over the years. I also appreciate teaching yoga to EC students who are interested in learning other ways to be informed, grow, and interact with the world.