I am an Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.   My research agenda focuses on the political lives of children and youth in North and South America.  More specifically, I write about youth activism and the ways that girls, children, and youth participate in social movements.  I am the author of two books.

The Kids Are in Charge: Activism and Power in Peru’s Movement of Working Children (2019) details the possibilities and challenges of intergenerational activism and social movements. It encourages readers to question the widely accepted beliefs that children should not work or participate in politics and is a provocative invitation to re-imagine childhood, power, and politics.

Rebel Girls: Youth Activism and Social Change Across the Americas  (2011) introduces readers to a diverse and vibrant transnational community of teenage girl activists in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mexico City, Caracas, Buenos Aires, and Vancouver.  It explores how teenage girls construct activist identities, rejecting and redefining girlhood and claiming political authority for youth in the process.