• Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Honor Societies
  • Professional Experience
  • Professional Societies
  • Publications
  • Scholarship/Research

Courses Taught

  • Colonial Latin America
  • Modern Latin America
  • U.S.-Latin American Relations
  • Cold War in Latin America through Film
  • World History 1500 to Present
  • The West and the World
  • U.S. History to 1865
  • History of Women in the United States
  • Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • First Year Seminar

Educational History

  • University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D., History, 2008
  • University of Pittsburgh, Center for Latin American Studies Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies, 2008
  • Mount Holyoke College, B.A. Latin American Studies, Magna Cum Laude, 1996

Honor Societies

  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Gannon University, (History and Women's Studies), 2007-Present
  • Teaching Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, 2002-2007    
  • Teaching Mentor for University of Pittsburgh, Department of History Graduate Students, •2006-2007
  • Instructor & Program Developer, English as a Second Language Support Program, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA, 1997
  • Editorial & Research Assistant for Dr. Alberto Sandoval, Dept. of Spanish Language Literature, Mount Holyoke College, 1997
  • Tutor, Migrant Education Project, Northampton, MA, 1996
  • Instructor, English as a Foreign Language & Tutor, Writing Cente,  Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA, 1993-1994

Professional Societies

  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Puerto Rican Studies Association
  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • American Association of University Women
  • National Council for the Social Studies


  • “The Not-So-Docile Puerto Rican: Resisting Americanization, 1930,” Centro Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, forthcoming
  • “A Trifle Dark: Contesting Race, Gender, and Nation in Early Twentieth-Century Puerto Rico,” Chapter Five in Women Who Belong: Claiming a Female’s Right-Filled Place, ed. Dr. Marsha Robinson, under contract
  • "Advancing the Kingdom": Missionaries and Americanization in Puerto Rico, 1898-1930, book mss under review
  •  Coming into the Light: The African American Experience in Erie, museum exhibit in partnership with the Erie County Historical Society, Watson Curtze Mansion, February-June, 2009


My training as a Latin American and Atlantic historian and in feminist theory has shaped my research interests, which include the following: imperialism; the Caribbean; Latinos/as in the United States; social movements; race, class and gender; identity construction; and the circulations of people, practices, and ideologies.  Since coming to Erie, I have been working with community members and students in collecting oral histories for a long-term project on the history of African Americans in Erie.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Paper Presentations

  • 2011    “‘Citizens of the Kingdom of God’: Protestantism and the Expansion of the Public Sphere in Early Twentieth-Century Puerto Rico,” Coloquio Internacional: “Historia, Protestantismo e Identidad en las Américas,” Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2011    “‘Woman’s Work for Woman’: Teachers, Nurses, and Americanization in Early Twentieth-Century Puerto Rico,” Berkshire Conference on History of Women at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • 2011    “‘Alma Boricua’: Student Resistance to Colonialism in Puerto Rico, 1930,” Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2010    “‘The Right Type of Girls’: Americanization and the Institutionalization of Race and Class in Puerto Rico in the Early Twentieth Century,” Monmouth University Interdisciplinary Conference on Race, West Long Branch, NJ
  • 2010    “The Not-So-Docile Puerto Rican: Resisting Americanization, 1928-1930,” Puerto Rican Studies Association, Hartford, CT
  • 2009    Unintended Results in the Imperial Laboratory: “Responses to Americanization in Early Twentieth Century Puerto Rico,” North Central Council of Latin Americanists, Indianola, IA
  • 2006    “A Trained Christian Womanhood for Porto Rico”: Progress, Protestant Women Missionaries, and Imperial Relations in Puerto Rico, 1898-1940, Latin American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 2004    “Becoming ‘American’: Puerto Ricans, Missionaries, and Education in Puerto Rico, 1898-1930,” Latin American Studies Association, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2004    “‘We Must Have the White Girl’: Race, Missionaries and Nurses’ Training in Puerto Rico, 1904-1932,” New England Council on Latin American Studies, Boston, MA


Selected Grants and Awards

  • 2008    Edward Lozano Memorial Prize for Best Dissertation on a Latin American Topic, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2004    Lillian B. Lawler Predoctoral Fellowship
  • 2003    American Association of University Women American Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2002    Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Research Fellowship
  • 1997    University of Pittsburgh Center for Latin American Studies Foreign Language and Areas Studies Fellowship
  • 1996    Mount Holyoke College Latin American Studies Prize