Associate Professor of Sociology
Universidad de Puerto Rico - Recinto de Rio Piedras
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research At A Glance
Introduction to Sociology
The nature of group behavior and social interaction viewed through analysis of structure, norms, and values.
Latinx Experiences in the US and the World
This course surveys current theoretical approaches used to explain Latinx experiences and provides an empirical overview of how social institutions affect the daily lives of Latinxs in the U.S. and the world.
Fundamental concepts and intellectual traditions, especially the contributions of Comte, Spencer, Marx, Toennes, Durkheim, and Simmel.
Research Methods of Sociology
An analysis of the research function in sociology; the conduct of research appropriate to undergraduate students; the formal presentation of research papers.
Puerto Rican Diaspora
This course surveys a wide range of Puerto Rican experiences and provides an overview of how social structures shape the daily lives of Puerto Ricans in the United States. Through a focus on diasporas, the course centers on migration as a key experience within Puerto Rican imaginaries. The course explores the sociological themes of identity, race, ethnicity, language, gender, sexuality, social class, and stratification through the lens of Puerto Rican struggle and resistance. Puerto Rican diasporic communities are examined at the intersections of colonialism, modernity, and neoliberal globalization.
Youth, Race, and Public Space
The course studies young people as agents of social change through key debates and local/global case studies across the academic subfields of youth studies, critical race theory, and public space scholarship. Students in this course engage with youth experiences of increased surveillance and regulation in public space as well as creative forms of subversion and resistance. Through the discussion and analysis of cutting-edge scholarship, students in this course craft critical ethnographies at the multiple intersections of youth, race, and public space.
A cross-cultural study of urban social systems and the phenomena and problems connected with the planning process.
This course explores the relationship between environment and society through a focus on political ecology, sociological dimensions of environmental crisis and dynamics of social change.
This course is an overview of the discipline of sociology, emphasizing the mastery of the discipline at an undergraduate level.