My research area is the intellectual history of Mexican state formation in the 1930s. I look at it largely through the lens of political ideology and the Spanish Civil War. My primary advisor is Jaime Pensado, and I am also working closely with Ted Beatty. As part of my research, I have worked with the Taller de Gráfica Popular archive at Snite Museum, and with the related material at the Institute For Latino Studies Samora Library, with the help of Allert Brown-Gort and Tracy Grimm.
Prior to coming to Notre Dame, I received my BA and MA, both in history, at San Diego State University, where I worked with Elizabeth Cobbs-Hoffman. Before I decided on a career as a professional historian, I served in the US Coast Guard, and worked as a city of New Orleans paramedic (for New Orleans Emergency Medical Services).