Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My research focuses on Latinx Sociology, immigration and deportation, and theory broadly defined. Specifically, I am interested in racial formation theory to address the impacts of deportation on vulnerable communities in the United States. In the past, I conducted a three-year ethnographic study on the charro (Mexican cowboy) using the framework of Thorstein Veblen to address issues of race, class, and gender. My upcoming book From the Peaceable to the Barbaric: Thorstein Veblen and the Charro Cowboy brings into focus this vast qualitative research. Currently, I research the operations of the Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) by examining their detention contracts with the US, their audit system reports, and their death reports from 2008-2015. I have researched ICE’s documented negligence to analyze their use of solitary confinement, the occurrence of sexual assault, low-quality medical care, etc. using qualitative software. I am also interested in researching employees within the deportation apparatus. All my research is interdisciplinary and applies classical and contemporary social theory in a distinctive approach.