Research Experience

Jun 2022-Present

Visiting Scholar

Rutgers University – Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), Newark, NJ

Faculty Mentor Dr. Aldo Lauria-Santiago

I am currently working under the mentorship of Dr. Lauria-Santiago to finish my dissertation research, as well as participate in graduate seminars and support CLAS programming.

Spring 2019-Present

Primary Researcher, Interviewer, Mentor

USEU (Unión Salvadoreña de Estudiantes Universitarios) Memoria Histórica Project

Faculty Advisors Dr. Leisy Ábrego, UCLA Chicano/a & Central American Studies Department, and Dr. Steven Osuna, California State University Long Beach (CSULB) Critical Sociology Department

I have conducted more than 50 oral histories with student organizers involved in USEU, collected materials donated by former students for an online archive, and created a website that will serve as a digital repository for selected project materials. I also trained and mentored a team of 10 undergraduate students to become research assistants for this project. I conducted workshops on Salvadoran history, best practices in oral history, and methods in basic transcription.

Sep 2018 – 2019

Interviewer, Central Americans in Los Angeles Oral History Project

UCLA Center for Oral History Research

As the primary interviewer for this project, I scheduled and conducted interviews with Central American organizers who were actively involved in the 1980’s Central American solidarity and sanctuary movement. I also conducted research to prepare for interviews, coded, time logged, and transcribed each interview.

Fall 2012

Research Assistant

Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Dr. Susan Lysak

I researched and wrote a complete literature review on foundation-funded journalism for an academic journal article written by Prof. Susan Lysak.

Spring 2012

Research Assistant

UCLA Department of Chicano and Chicana Studies, Dr. Leisy Abrego

I investigated different research topics on the Salvadoran and Central American community for Dr. Leisy Abrego’s book “Sacrificing Families: Navigating Laws, Labor, and Love Across Borders”.

Summer 2010-Fall 2011

Co-Investigator “City Neighborhood Study 2011”

Columbia University, Principal Investigator Robert Shapiro, Co-Investigated by Narayani Lasala, Ernie Zavaleta, Diane Wong, Vladimir Medenica

I was a part of the design team for the City Neighborhood Study 2011, which launched an investigation across 5 of the largest metropolitan cities in the United States. The purpose of the study is to compare and contrast the different political attitudes and racial dynamics of different ethnic groups across cities.

Fall 2010- Spring 2012

Undergraduate Research Fellow

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, University of California, Los Angeles

Faculty Advisors Dr. Mark Sawyer and Dr. Raymond Rocco, Department of Political Science

I participated in various research seminars designed to help undergraduate students develop their research skills. I also continued to work on my senior thesis with various faculty mentors.

Summer 2010

Undergraduate Researcher and Data Collection Research Assistant

Columbia University, Department of Political Science, Leadership Alliance

Faculty Mentor Robert Shapiro, Columbia University, Department of Political Science

I worked with Professor Robert Shapiro on a quantitative study of the development of political consciousness of Salvadoran youth involved in the Salvadoran student movement using various research methodologies. I conducted a survey poll (N=133), ran data regression using STATA, and analyzed my data. I presented my results at various conferences across the U.S. I also assisted my graduate student mentor in collecting data across the city of New York through survey polling and interviewing community members.

Winter-Spring 2010

Undergraduate Researcher

Advanced Academic Placement Junior Scholars Program, University of California, Los Angeles

Faculty Mentor Peter McLaren, UCLA, Department of Education

I worked with Professor Peter McLaren and conducted a historical literature review on the Salvadoran movement, which I presented at various conferences.

Fall 2009

Diversity Scholar/Researcher

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Charlottesville Virginia

Faculty Mentor Richard Farkas, DePaul University, Department of Political Science

I conducted an ethnographic research study with the help of Professor Richard Farksas of youth perspectives across 7 different countries. My final product was a small book with my findings.

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