I am a scholar of popular music (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) whose main research interests are music under dictatorship, U.S. Latino music and migration, and gender studies.

I have published and presented widely on the uses and value of popular music for people living under authoritarian regimes, particularly under Pinochet's Chile and Franco's Spain. While most research on popular music and dictatorship deals with either state-sponsored music or protest songs, mine focuses on mainstream musics and musicians that remained detached from party politics.

My work on U.S. Latino popular music has focused on the impact of the Miami-based music industry and on migrant communities’ use of music as a “cultural remittance.”