I received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Davis. I teach Chicana/o Literature, Mexican-American Folklore, Major American Authors, Literature of the Americas, and Literary Studies. I also teach graduate courses that examine the intersection of literature and globalism, cosmopolitanism, and food as cultural and theoretical discourses.
I am the author of Voices in the Kitchen: Views of Food and the World from Working-Class Mexican and Mexican American Women (Texas A&M Press, 2006). My work has appeared in Food & Foodways and Food, Culture & Society, as well as in edited collections and encyclopedias. I often give invited lectures at national and international community and academic settings, such as the Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium in Oxford, Mississsippi and to MA students in the Food and Communication program housed at the University of Gastronomical Sciences in (Colormo) Parma, Italy.