I am a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I am currently in the research and writing stage of my dissertation tentatively titled “By Land and by Sea: Indigeneity, Mestizaje, and Nationalism at the Western-Pacific Borderlands from 1824- 1934.” My work examines the intersections of early-nineteenth-century racial exclusion with early-twentieth-century articulations of nationalism and citizenship in the U.S.-Mexico Western- Pacific Borderlands. I advanced to candidacy with honors and distinction and I hold an emphasis in Latin American and Latino Studies. I received my Bachelor’s degree in History and my Master’s in American Studies from Baylor University in 2011 and 2013, respectively. I have been trained and have worked in oral history as a processing technician, transcriptionist, and graduate assistant at Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History. I have also worked as an oral history researcher for the NEH and have numerous interviews co-deposited at the Southern Oral History Program at UNC-Chapel Hill and BUIOH. Currently, I am an Institute for Humanities Research Public Fellow and Scholar in Residence at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center.