I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at the University of Notre Dame and I am also a Ph.D. Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Affairs. I am originally from Los Angeles, California and I received my bachelor's degrees in Spanish and Latin American Studies with minors in Portuguese and Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton and my master's degree in Latin American Studies from California State University, Los Angeles. My primary research interests are in Latin American history, culture, social movements,and gender studies. My research at Notre Dame will look at the political and human rights activism of the mothers of the disappeared in Mexico during the Dirty War (1970s-1980s).