I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland College Park's College of Information Studies. I specialize in the intersection of Black identity, libraries, demography, and social inclusion. My current work explores the information worlds of Black diasporic immigrants living in the U.S. I also examine the contributions of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to library and information science (LIS) education. 

My research is informed by my lived experience as an Afro-Latina immigrant and work experience as an HBCU librarian.  I write and talk about how information behavior is shaped by culture, and inequalities can often be addressed through better information access. Finally, my empirical studies and critical/perspective papers center on how LIS approaches toward immigrants and HBCUs reflect longstanding ideologies on race, ethnicity, language, class, national origins, and belonging. 

LATEST PROJECTS

FOCUS

Understanding the cross between social identity and information behavior, particularly as it pertains to African, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro-Latinx immigrants living in the U.S. and the value of HBCUs in LIS education

RESEARCH & TEACHING INTERESTS

  • Information Behavior
  • Information Systems and Resources for Immigrants
  • Information Experiences of Marginalized Communities
  • Information Studies around Justice and Human Rights
  • Library Science Education at HBCUs

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Information, Florida State University School of Information