Prior to completing a PhD at the University of New Brunswick in 2010 and joining the faculty of Wilfrid Laurier University, I worked for several years in the government and non-governmental sectors of Canada, the United States and Mexico in a number of areas including Canada’s foreign policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean, North American integration, the inclusion of non-governmental actors in international organizations and Summits, social policy and poverty eradication, and foreign qualification recognition. I have spent and continue to spend some of the best moments of my life working, studying and traveling in Mexico, and I am the only member of my family who is not a Citizen of Peru.
Immigration and multiculturalism are my main research interests. I am especially fascinated by the daily experiences of immigrant youth as they integrate into schools and communities and attempt to build friendships across ethnic groups. I recently completed three qualitative research studies: the integration experiences of immigrant adolescents in small town New Brunswick (2008-2010); the adaptation of Latin American immigrants to cities in Southwestern Ontario (2011-2013); and access to services for migrants with precarious status in the sanctuary city of Hamilton, Ontario (2015-2016).
Current research projects include a SSHRC-funded study of African immigrant male youth's access to postsecondary education in Ontario with Edward Shizha, Oliver Masakure, Magnus Mfoafo-M'Carthy, and colleagues; and a study of intercultural learning outcomes of domestic and international undergraduate students at Laurier.
Other ongoing initiatives include the development and publication of a textbook focusing on Immigrant Youth in Canada with Andrew Robinson; acting as Faculty Liaison for Laurier International’s Global Learning Initiatives; co-developing and leading a field course on migration with the UniversityTecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) Mexico City campus, and co-chairing the Grand Erie Local Immigration Partnership.
I have research assistantship opportunities for senior undergraduate students interested in the field of immigration and I am always looking for Spanish-speaking students. I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of immigration, etnic studies, and international development.
Chapters in Books
Papers in Refereed Journals
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