• 2004. Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, Socio-cultural Anthropology. Dissertation: Re-imagining the Ties that Bind: State Practices of Nation Building in Post-war El Salvador (1992-2000)
  • 1995 M.A., University of California-Berkeley,Socio-cultural Anthropology
  • 1994 B.A., University of California-Berkeley, Major: Anthropology.
  • Recipient of Kroeber Prize for Outstanding Senior Thesis: “Everything's Coming Up Maya: Archaeology, Tourism, and National Identity in Postwar El Salvador."


  • 2011. Elected At-Large Member of UCM Academic Senate Divisional Council.
  • 2011. UC Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California (CCREC) Grant: Develop CURAJ Participatory Action Research (PAR) Resource Center in Fresno ($14,960)
  • 2011. UCM Center for Research in the Humanities and Arts Faculty Research Grant: Summer Fieldwork in El Salvador ($2,000)
  • 2011. The California Endowment Grant to develop capacity for Community Engaged Scholarship at UCM ($159,882) (major role in grant-writing and grant activities)
  • 2011. Appointed Faculty Community Research Liaison, Chancellor's Taskforce for Community Engaged Scholarship workplan with grant from The California Endowment
  • 2010. Appointed to UCM Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion
  • 2010.  Blum Center for Developing Economies (UC Berkeley), Grant to organize and host: UCM Water Symposium ($8,400)
  • 2009. Appointed to UCM Chancellor's Taskforce: Faculty Development for Community Engaged Scholarship
  • 2009. California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, Research Grant: Partnership for the Assessment of Communities ($6,666)
  • 2009. UCM Graduate & Research Council Faculty Research Grant: Quality of Life in Central Valley Communities ($9,060 co-PI with Simon Weffer-Elizondo)
  • 2008. Selected to participate in FIPSE sponsored national working group for Community Engaged Scholarship (UC Merced Team Leader)
  • 2008. UC Humanities Research Institute, California Studies Initiative Outreach Grant: CURAJ capacity building ($7,250), 
  • 2008. Miguel Contreras Labor Education and Outreach Fund Grant: CURAJ Outreach and Networking ($20,540), 
  • 2008. UCM Graduate & Research Council Faculty Research Grant: Indigenous migration from Latin America to the San Joaquin Valley ($5,000)
  • 2007 Walter S. Johnson Foundation grant for CURAJ Community Survey, Outreach and Capacity Building ($21,000)
  • 2007 Helping Hands Community Service Award, Community Partnership Alliance (Merced)
  • 2004-2006 University of California Office of the President: President Post-Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2004 Fulbright Award: Lecture/Research in El Salvador (June-September)
  • 2001 Dissertation Project Competition. "Reconstructing Communities in Crisis", International Area Studies. University of California-Berkeley
  • 2000 Fulbright/IIE Dissertation Fieldwork Fellowship,
  • 2000 Peace Fellow, US Institute of Peace (Declined)
  • 1997 International Pre-dissertation Fellowship, Social Science Research Council
  • 1995 Pre-dissertation Fellowship, Ford Foundation

Teaching Awards

  • UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award for On-line Course:     “GSI Professional Standards & Ethics”, (November 2005)
  • K. Patricia Cross Future Leader Award, March 2003, American Association of Higher Education
  • Developing Teaching Skills for Graduate Student Instructors (Graduate Division U.C. Berkeley)
  • Designed on-line course: “GSI Professional Standards and Ethics” (2004)
  • Designed Core Syllabus “From Graduate Student to Faculty Member”, (Spring 2003)
  • Campus-wide Consultant and Pedagogy Workshop Leader (Summer 2002-Summer 2003)

Multicampus Research and Program Initiative (MRPI)/Working Group Activities:

  • UC Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California (2010- )
  • UC Center of Expertise on Migration and Health (2010-)
  • UC Human Rights Initiative (2007-2009)
  • Indigeneity & Blackness Working Group, Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley (2005-2006)
  • Immigration Working Group, Institute for Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley (2004-2006)
  • Reconstructing Communities in Crisis (Co-organizer). Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities Working Group, UC Berkeley (2002-2004)