I am a critical scholar and educator trained in anthropology, law, and political science. Born and raised in San Juan, I have lived between Puerto Rico and New York City since 1997. I resided in Barcelona, Spain, in 2010 and 2011.
I currently teach in the Department of Anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, of the City University of New York. I have previously taught numerous courses at the undergraduate and intermediate levels in comparative politics, international relations, U.S. politics, political economy, social science research methods, Latin@ studies, Latin America, the Arab world, social movements, human rights, Puerto Rican history and geography, and world geography. I have also worked as a researcher, analyst, writer, editor, proofreader, and translator in diverse professional settings and issue areas, including labor law and community development and empowerment.
I have been an active participant and/or observer of major social and political processes over the past two decades, including the struggle for the demilitarization of the Puerto Rican island municipality of Vieques, Puerto Rico’s rank-and-file teachers’ movement, the University of Puerto Rico student movement, community organizing and participation in Chávez-era Venezuela, and Spain’s indignados movement.
My analysis and opinion pieces in English and Spanish have appeared in diverse print and electronic media, including Dollars & Sense, teleSur, LaborNotes, Venezuelanalysis, Against the Current, El Nuevo Día, Claridad, and Bandera Roja.
I am currently working on a cross-city comparison of the experiences of injustice and attitudes towards justice of urban youth, using quantitative and qualitative data gathered by students. In the longer term, I am exploring the political economy and ecology of debt bondage over time in cross-cultural comparison.