I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. My doctoral studies have been supported by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship.
My research focuses on issues pertaining to international migration, the experiences of immigrants in United States, and health disparities. In my dissertation I investigate whether return U.S. migration, internal migration, and no migration experience have different effects on the health trajectories of Mexicans. My master's thesis examined the use of Mexican health care services by residents of a community on the U.S.-Mexico border. Other research projects focus on the effects of stress and legal status on the health of immigrants, as well as the physical and mental health of patients during and after hospitalization. You can read more about my current work in the Research tab. Outside of academia, I currently serve in the Nashville Public Library's Immigrant Advisory Committee.
For more details, you can download my Curriculum Vitae here: