I am the Director of the Research Center for the Americas and an Associate Professor in the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I earned my Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology with a doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I am also the recipient of two postdoctoral fellowships: (1) the University of California, Office of the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006-2008) and (2) the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation’s Junior Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship (2013-2014). I am the daughter of Peruvian immigrants and graduated with my bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University.
I am the author of Power Interrupted: Antiracist and Feminist Activists inside the United Nations, [University of Washington Press, 2016], the co-editor of New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights [Routledge, 2011], and my work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, Feminist Formations, Journal of Women’s History, Gender & Society, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Societies Without Borders, and Social Justice.
Praise for Power Interrupted:
“This book highlights an important shift in the UN discourse around race that occurred at the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerances but was soon overshadowed by the events of 9/11. Its analysis of the two UN agendas that began almost as parallel mandates, but came to intersect due to the work of feminists of color working in both the women’s rights and social justice arenas, makes a significant contribution to the field.” -Lisa Crooms-Robinson, professor of law, Howard University