About Me

I'm an assistant professor with the program in Justice and Social Inquiry through the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University.

I'm from the border, having grown up between Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Tucson, Arizona.

I always wanted to be a writer, and completed a B.A. in Creative Writing through the University of Arizona. I knew that by sharing stories--over kitchen tables, in family rooms, while working outside--my friends and relatives in Tucson and Mesilla had a way of overcoming--de sobrevivir--all manner of travails, as well as passing along sacred and secret histories.

In 2000, I received a masters degree in library and information science from the Catholic University of America. I worked as a librarian for a number of years, always with the goal of serving Native and Spanish-speaking communities.

In 2008 I became a fellow through the IMLS Washington Doctoral Initiative, a program that supports minority librarians to obtain doctoral degrees through the Information School at the University of Washington, and to eventually become national leaders in the field. While at the University of Washington I met like-minded scientists, and we founded the Indigenous Information Research Group, a team of Native and Indigenous doctoral-level researchers with an interest in understanding phenomena of information, knowledge, and technology in Native and Indigenous contexts. The individuals in our team have extensively researched a range of phenomena, from intellectual property to library services, from militarization to broadband access, always layering in deep respect for processes of self-determination and decolonization.

I continue to collaborate with the Indigenous Information Research Group on various projects. I've recently joined the HSCollab at Arizona State University. I continue to craft research projects that advance science, technology, and society studies, and also shape the health and wellbeing of the many peoples of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, including the wellbeing of folks in my own tribe, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and surrounding communities.

Affiliations

Human Security Collab

Association of Internet Researchers

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Washington Doctoral Initiative at the University of Washington