Born and raised in Mexico, I finished high school in the western suburbs of Chicago before pursuing my undergraduate studies at Northwestern University. With a major in philosophy and minors in critical theory and Latin American history, I mainly studied European philosophy, especially the German critical tradition from Kant to Habermas. The atmosphere of intellectual camaraderie that I found among my peers, coupled with the support that I received from mentors and research opportunity programs (such as Mellon-Mays), made further study a goal worth pursuing.
For my graduate studies, however, I wanted to study philosophy beyond the European tradition. I found a transdisciplinary approach under the guidance of Nelson Maldonado-Torres in the Program in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. There I embraced the decolonial turn and focused on Latin American and Caribbean philosophy. I also earned a certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies and won the Erna Neuse Prize for Best Graduate Essay in German Studies. My scholarship and pedagogy were similarly shaped by spaces of collaboration, such as the Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies, the Decoloniality Workshop, and a 2-year inter-university reading group hosted by Drucilla Cornell. My last year at Rutgers I was a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow in philosophy.
I’m an organizing member of the Latin American Philosophy of Education Society, and a member of the Editorial Collective of its journal Lapíz. I take part in initiatives aimed to address the diversification of higher education, especially the mentoring of underrepresented students, and I am committed to working with community partners outside the university to make the university a space open to their needs.