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. The experiences of migrants with precarious immigration status, including undocumented migrant workers, asylum seekers, and non-removed persons in Canada, Mexico, and the United States is another research interest, especially when those migrants are youth. I consider myself a qualitative researcher, aiming to promote and legitimize the voices of vulnerable and often invisible people as much as possible. Along with the development of a pan-Canadian study of the transition to post-secondary education by African youth with refugee backgrounds, I am currently putting together a volume of migrant narratives collected by undergraduate students while completing a field course that I lead in Mexico.
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 and ethnic studies.
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