My own story of immigration began in 2001, since then I have been learning how to live in a place where people label me and expect me to fit into their idea of what a Mexican immigrant woman should be and how she should behave. In many ways I do not fit in the majority of the molds people try to put me. I am not the immigrant people recognize in the news; I am part of a minority that arrive to the United States knowing English, with education, a professional career, the ones that usually do not count in the surveys. I am bilingual and when I immigrated I already had a B.A. in Communication and significant professional experience that allowed me to continue with a similar life style than in my country. Once in the United States, I continue my education earning a M.A. in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies and Ph.D. in Culture, Literacy and Language. My research interests are: Media and Latinos, Immigration & Migration, Pop Culture, Culture and Media, Media Literacy, Media and gender, Media and minorities
I am a former journalist, an academic, a woman, a Mexicana by birth, an American by papers, with the perspective of two countries that share a deep immigration history in times when the media tell us how to think, what to do, what to say, what to buy. . . and what an immigrant is.