Welcome to my site!
I am a Taíno and Black lesbian woman born and raised in the Dominican Republic. I became an immigrant New Yorker in 1996.
I hold a PhD. in Political Science and Sociology, a J.D. in Law, M.A. in Political Science, Constitutional Law and Comparative Law, and Post-Doctoral Specialization in Migration, Asylum and Refugee's Law.
I am a political scientist, a sociologist, and a lawyer with expertise in the Dominican Republic.
I currently work as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York.
My teaching experience includes courses on Introduction to Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, Social Inequality, Social Deviance in the U.S., U.S. and Caribbean Migration, U.S. Foreign Policies in the Caribbean, International Relations in the Caribbean, Law Past and Present, Dominican Society and Identity, and Women in Politics.
I have expertise as a scholar, consultant, and expert witness.
My academic and consulting works focus on U.S. society and the Dominican Republic, including politics, corruption, political parties, elections, social movements, women’s political representation, gender and sexuality, human rights, human trafficking, child labor and exploitation, the LGBTIQ movement, and migration and asylum claims in the United States.
My publications include three books, two monographs, fifteen book chapters and seventy seven articles in Spanish, English, and French.
I have conveyed lectures, research, and consulting in academic institutions, international organizations, and grass-root venues in the United States, the Dominican Republic and other countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Thailand, India, and Northern Africa.
I have provided mentorship to undergraduate and graduate students, and advise to community and political leaders and organizations.
My work as an expert witness includes testimonies for Dominican refugees seeking asylum in the United States. Up to date I have prepared affidavits on LGBTIQ community, HIV-AIDS, prison conditions, violence against women, and mental disability.
I am a lesbian activist and my service to the LGBTIQ community includes the compilation, editing and co-authoring of the first bilingual Dominican lesbian anthology, “Divagaciones bajo la luna/Musing Under the Moon: Voces e imágenes de lesbianas dominicanas/Voices and Images of Dominican Lesbians”. Divagaciones’ first volume was published in 2006 with the financial support of ASTRAEA Lesbian Foundation for Justice and other institutions. Am currently working on the compilation and editing of the second volume.
I hope the dissemination of my work through this site will be resourceful for those in need of my professional experience and my community service.