I write and teach in the areas of contemporary American literature and Chicano/Latino literary and cultural studies. My first book, In the Spirit of a New People: The Cultural Politics of the Chicano Movement, is published by New York University Press. The book studies the literature, theater, music, non-fiction prose, and other creative genres of the Chicano civil rights movement. My second book project is about the suburbs in Latino/a literature and politics. In the classroom I teach surveys and topics in US Latino/a Literature, contemporary American literature, cultural studies, the literature of Maryland, and more.