Major Field: United States History
Minor Field: Latin American & Caribbean History
Adviser: Zaragosa Vargas
BA Wellesley College
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
MA Thesis: “From Refugees to Model Minorities: Cuban-Americans and the Media in Miami, 1960 – 1970.”
PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016
My research interests include the history of Latinos in the American South, U.S. political history, and the global history of the Cuban diaspora. Extending the work begun in my thesis on Cuban-American ethnic identity in the American press, my dissertation is entitled “Cubans vote Cuban”: Latino Identity and Local Politics in Miami, 1965-1985. My dissertation examines the rise of a Cuban-American political class in Miami, Florida following the passage of the Cuban Adjustment Act in 1966, and uses city and county government in South Florida as a lens for examining how Cubans and other Latinos made the transition from immigrants to local policy makers.