Jessica received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology in Spring 2018. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. Her ethnographic dissertation research uses reproductive decision-making as a lens to explore family relationships among middle-class, heterosexual Latino/a couples in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. In particular, it focuses on voluntary childless couples as a window to understand changing notions of gender, personhood, and family among Latinos/as.
Entered program in 2007
Region of Study:
Mexico, United States
Selected Honors and Awards:
Latino Museum Studies Program, Smithsonian Institute (2013)
Graduate Student Association Award (2011, 2014, 2015)
Edward I. Fry Research Award (2009)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention (2007)
"Article of the Year" from The Writing Center Journal (joint honor with coauthors - 2007)
2015 "Is it Selfish Not to Have Children?: Reproductive Decision Making among Latino Couples" Council for the Anthropology of Reproduction Newsletter. Fall 2015.
2015 "Taking on Turnitin: Tutors Advocating Change." with Renée Brown, Brian Fallon, Elizabeth Matthews, and Elizabeth Minitie. In The Oxford Guide for Writing Tutors: Practice and Research, edited by Lauren Fitzgerald and Melissa Ianetta. Oxford University Press. Reprinted peer-reviewed article.
2013 "Critical Intersections: Histories of Latinos, Reproduction, and Disability" National Museum of American History Blog: O Say Can You See? (reviewed blog)
2013 "Childfree Mexican Americans in Dallas". University of Texas, Arlington.