RESEARCH

My research makes contributions in the following fields/areas:

  • Latina/o/x Studies

     (Latina/o/x Community Formation and Pan-Ethnicity)

  • Sociology and the social sciences

      (Immigration, Urban Studies, and Poverty and Inequality research)

  • Gerontology

     (Age-friendly Communities, Aging and Community, and the Social Determinants of Health) 

Selected Publications :

"GIVEN ALL THAT THEY [OLDER IMMIGRANTS] HAVE EXPERIENCED, THERE IS A DEEP DESIRE TO AGE IN COMMUNITY AND MAINTAIN THE FREEDOM THAT BROUGHT THEM TO THE U.S."

"This focus on aging networks brings the question of agency to the fore. It centralizes and makes explicit older Latinxs’ role as conveyors of resources and community in one another’s lives. Such a view, supported by rich qualitative insight, allows us to understand that aging people, especially the older poor, have lives that are richer and more complex than is typically portrayed."

"The study makes two interventions in the age-friendly literature by observing ethnicity and culture. First, the study shows that older Latino immigrants have a distinct vision of an age-friendly
community. A TA is free of stigma and the pressures that come with adapting to life in the U.S. It
involves a community that values the Spanish language, contains places with cultural significance
(i.e., churches and bodegas), and considers their mobility and access as older adults."