I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research interests include race/racism, refugees and immigration, political sociology, and South America, with a focus on Brazil. I am the Faculty Coordinator of the Wisconsin Collective for Ethnographic Research (WISCER), and a Faculty Affiliate of Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies. I am also a Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellow (2022-2023) at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW-Madison.
My book The Color of Asylum: The Racial Politics of Safe Haven in Brazil is under contract at the University of Chicago Press. Based on a rare ethnographic look inside the state, and following asylum seeker claims from over 45 countries, it uncovers the racial project of asylum in Brazil. As asylum officials work to determine who qualifies for refugee status, they ascribe a range of racial meanings and hierarchies to asylum seekers. Color of Asylum reveals how those varied meanings organize interactions and refugee experiences, and guide how rights and resources are unequally distributed. Taking readers on a journey through the asylum process, Color of Asylum exposes the limits of refugee status and the ramifications of whiteness and anti-black racism for forced migrants.
My work is published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Qualitative Sociology, American Behavioral Scientist, Social Currents, and City & Community, among other academic journals and books. I have appeared in media outlets like The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Austin American-Statesman, and Clarín. My research has been funded by the Fulbright Commission, P.E.O. International, and the U.S. Department of Education, among others.
I earned a PhD in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2018, with a Doctoral Portfolio in African and African Diaspora Studies. At UT-Austin, I was a Graduate Fellow of the Urban Ethnography Lab, and an Affiliate of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. I am a former Fulbright Fellow and P.E.O. Scholar. Before joining UW, I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Center for Inter-American Policy & Research (CIPR) at Tulane University. I earned a BA in Latin American and Latino/a Studies from Vassar College. Before pursuing my PhD, I lived and conducted research in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the support of a Maguire Fellowship.