Along with my publications and teaching, I like to stay engaged with the public when it comes to things I care about, like the Latino/a demographic in the United States, farmworkers’ and food workers’ rights, immigration policy, and the concerns of traditionally underrepresented scholars in academia. 

Much of my community engagement stems from my experiences as a low-income student of color, and being the first woman in my family to earn a college degree and Ph.D. My story of how I got to the Ivy League was featured in Glamour magazine.

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I have been interviewed about my work in the following outlets:

PROCESS: A Blog for American History

The Monterey County Weekly

The Page 99 Test

My work has also been quoted in or by:


The Associated Press

The New Republic

My other media appearances have included:

Interviews about DACA for AMNewYork and The GW Hatchet

C-SPAN segment: "Chicano Authors Discuss Their Books"

I was interviewed on "The Farm Report" by the Heritage Radio Network.

I appeared on the TV program Fresh Outlook to discuss President Obama’s acts on immigration.

My recent invited talks have included teaching a class on the Bracero Program to students in Queens, New York; giving the keynote speech at the opening of the Smithsonian’s exhibition “Bittersweet Harvest” at the Holocaust Museum in Houston, Texas and the Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum in King City, California; and participating in faculty/community activist-led "teach-ins" on immigration, labor, and deportation policy at my home institution of Stony Brook University. I have also participated in the fantastic NEH-sponsored programs "Conexiones" and “Bridging Historias” through the American Social History Project at CUNY that trained college teachers to integrate Latino history more fully into their curriculum.

Finally, I'm a host for the New Books Network podcast. I get to have fun interviewing authors about their books and process. Here are my conversations with:

Ana Minian on Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration

Katherine Benton-Cohen on Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission and its Legacy

Beth Lew-Williams on The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America

Julian Lim on Porous Borders: Multiracial Migrations and the Law in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Jimmy Patiño on Raza Si, Migra No! Chicano Movement Struggles for Immigrant Rights in San Diego

Cary Cordova on The Heart of the Mission: Latino Art and Politics in San Francisco

Sarah Wald on The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship, and Farming Since the Dust Bowl

Mireya Loza on Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom

Karl Jacoby on The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire

Sophie Egan on Devoured: How What We Eat Defines Who We Are

Benjamin Heber Johnson on Escaping the Dark, Gray City: Fear and Hope in Progressive-Era Conservation

Maria Montoya on Global Americans: A History of the United States

Julie M. Weise on Corazón de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South Since 1910