• Director, Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)
  • Associate Professor, Political Science Department

Professional Service

  • Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs. Role: Member. Language Committee. 01/01/2018 - present
  • Comparative Political Studies. Role: Peer Reviewer. Peer Reviewer, Journal. 02/01/2015 - present
  • World Developmet. Role: Peer Reviewer. External Peer Reviewer. 11/2014 - present
  • World Politics, Cambridge University Press. Role: Peer Reviewer. External Peer Review. 01/2014 - 12/2014
  • University of Pittsburgh Press. Role: External peer review. Manuscript review. 01/2013 - 05/2013
  • Latin American Studies Association Conference. Role: Discussant. Discussant for a panel. 10/2010 - 10/2010
  • Oxford University Press. Role: External Reviewer. External Reviewer for a book manuscript. 2009 - present
  • Mobilization. External Reviewer for a journal submission. 2009 - 2009
  • American Journal of Political Science (AJPS). Role: External Reviewer. External Reviewer. 2009 - 2009
  • Latin American Politics and Society. External Reviewer for a journal submission. 2009 - 2009

Internal Service

  • College Council. Member, 08/20/2018 - present. College service.
  • Department Faculty Awards Committee. Member, 09/01/2017 - present. Department service.
  • RPT Subcommittee, Department of Political Science. Chair, 05/01/2016 - 12/31/2016. Department service.
  • RPT Advisory Committee. Member, 05/01/2016 - 12/31/2016. Department service.
  • Department Strategic Hiring Committee. Member, 03/01/2016 - 05/31/2016. Department service.
  • RPT Subcommittee. Chair, 05/01/2015 - 12/31/2015. Department service.
  • Academic Appeals Committee. Member, 05/01/2015 - 08/21/2015. College service.
  • Betty Gladd Research Award Committee. Member, 03/02/2015 - 03/31/2015. Department service.
  • Director Graduate Studies, Latin American Studies Program. Director of Graduate Studies, 01/2013 - present. University service.
  • Comparative Politics Subfield. Chair, 01/2013 - present. Department service.
  • Comparative Politics Subfield. Member, 01/2013 - 12/2013. Department service.
  • Academic steering committee for the "Innovations Scholar Diploma". Department Representative, 05/01/2010 - 12/31/2010. University service.
  • Member of the International Studies Board. Member, 2006 - present. University service.
  • Executive Committee of the Latin American Studies Program. Member, 2003 - present. University service.

Community Partnership

  • Invited to speak and meet with Latino high school students at Kearns High School. 2009 - present

Honors & Awards

  • Grants and matching funds totaling $100,000 over 5 years to fund Scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Utah. IME-Becas Grants, Government of Mexico, 09/2013
  • Academic Writing Residency a the Bellagio Center, Bellagio Italy, Rockefeller Foundation. Rockefeller Foundation, 10/2012
  • Grant ($168,000) to enhance Brazilian Studies, Foreign Language instruction, and international content across departments and colleges. Department of Education Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Program , 08/2012
  • Grant to fund a speaker series and exhibition of Aztec codices to launch Nahuatl studies (with Rebecca Horn). Dee Grant Award, University of Utah, 05/2012
  • Grant to develop instruction in beginning Nahuatl (with Rebecca Horn). University of Utah Teaching Grants, 03/2012
  • Award for creative use and mentoring of Graduate Student Instructors. University Teaching Assistanship (UTA) Award, 05/2011
  • Nominated for the Early Career Teaching Award. University of Utah Teaching Committee, 01/2010
  • Grant to sponsor speakers, photographic exhibits, and events related to Mexican history, politics and society. Dee Grant Award, 01/2010
  • Faculty Fellow Award. University of Utah Research Committee, 2009
  • Semi-Finalist for the CSBS Superior Teaching Award. CSBS, 2009
  • Co-PI on $238,000 grant to study immigrant incorporation in new destinations. Russell Sage Foundation, 07/2008

In the Media

  • In-studio analysis of 2018 Midterm Election results for KULX and KTMW Telemundo Utah, a main Spanish-language TV and News station. 11/02/2018.
  • KUTV Channel 2 News at 10 pm. Interview discussing presidential candidate Donald Trump's plan to build a wall between Mexico and the United States. 04/06/2016.
  • Deseret News: "Women Refugees in Utah Encounter Greater Challenges to Resettlement, UU panel says". 12/10/2015.
  • Access Utah, on Utah Public Radio. 12/03/2015.
  • "Syrian Refugee Family questions calls for ban on refugees" (KSL News). 11/17/2015.
  • "Should Refugees come to Utah?" (Trib Talk, Salt Lake Tribune). 11/17/2015.
  • "In Wake of Paris Attacks, Gov. Herbert orders evaluation of state's refugee plan" (KUTV News). 11/16/2015.
  • Live interview on ABC4 news discussing the European migration crisis. 09/14/2015.
  • Interviewed on "Top of Mind" (BYU Radio's daily, live news program) on recent developments on the fight against drug cartels in Mexico and the implications for Mexico's political system. 07/20/2015.
  • Ahora Utah, coverage of IME-Becas scholarship event at the Mexican Consulate. 02/2011.
  • Feature coverage by El Observador de Utah, one of Utah's largest spanish language newspapers, published by the Deseret News. 01/2011.
  • KSL News and The Deseret News, coverage of invited talk on immigration reform. 01/2011.