Below you will find some projects I am working on, and some I have completed. Thanks for checking them out and if you have any questions, would like to start a conversation, or want to get involved; please don't hesitate to contact me. 

Latest Projects

"La Gente Unida: Immigrant Health and Advocacy in California's Central Coast"

Dissertation project with the Department of Sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara


View Project Website Here

"Mental Health Needs and Assets of Monolingual Spanish Speakers in Northern Santa Barbara County, CA"

Collaboration with the Lived Experience Advocacy Development (LEAD) team with Transitions-Mental Health Association in San Luis Obispo, CA

Read more about the LEAD Program here

"Ethnic Enclaves" in Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology, edited by Lynette Spillman. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

This is a first-author collaboration on an encyclopedic bibliography for Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology 

Manuscript is forthcoming

“Protect. Respect. Wear Your Mask Campaign.”

County of Santa Barbara, California. COVID-19 Awareness campaign that was posted on County of Santa Barbara's Facebook (Available Online), Instagram (Available Online), and Twitter pages (Available Online).

Featured on regional and city transit bus advertisements throughout Santa Barbara County

“Decolonizing during a Pandemic: Public Health for the People.”

This is a memo that expresses how I have navigated mixed methods research as a doctoral candidate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manuscript under review with American Journal of Public Health

“Theorizing Immigrant Health Movements: Mobilization & Resistance in Precarious Times.”

This project reviews relevant sociological theories around health social movements to theorize Immigrant Health Movements. 

Manuscript is in progress

“Downstream Impacts of COVID-19 on Latinx Immigrant Communities in California's Central Coast.”

This manuscript analyzes survey data from the La Gente Unida project to expand on the downstream effects (social determinants of health) that have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manuscript is in progress

“La Gente Unida: Resiliency and Community Assets in the Face of the COVID-19 and Racism Pandemics.”

This manuscript analyzes survey data from the La Gente Unida project to investigate the resiliency of Latinx Immigrant community member and advocates during perilous times.

Manuscript is in Progress

Community Report: Preliminary Findings from the La Gente Unida Project


Download Here

Co-Investigator, "A People’s Movement for Health," Center for Health Research, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Awarded a strategic initiatives proposal in the amount of $150,000 to close health equity gaps by creating a movement to transform community engagement into community health ownership. (Principal Investigators: Drs. Suzanne Phelan & Marilyn Tseng).


Learn More About These Initiatives Here

"LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Curriculum Report"

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Student contributors and I researched the curriculum offerings that are most relevant to LGBTQ+ students. The findings can be accessed at the link below.


View Report Here

“Three Strikes and You’re Out: Culture, Facilities, and Participation among LGBTQ Youth in Sports.”

I was the featured third author for this article on LGBTQ Youth and Sports. We found that facility access affects sports participation among LGBTQ youth.

Read the Full Article Here

"The Care-Advocacy Paradox: How Social Movement Organizers Strategize in Support of People Living with HIV/AIDS"

This manuscript is my Master's thesis project in full. Oral history interviews from Act Up organizers revealed a paradox where AIDS movement activists mobilized for life saving treatment and policies at the risk of repression and violence. 

Read the Manuscript Here

Discovering Silence through Indigenous Methodologies

University of California Santa Barbara


Read More Here

Senior Project/Thesis: "Know Your Status: Alleviating Stigma from the HIV Positive Community of San Luis Obispo"


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