I am an architect, a teacher, and a historian of objects, buildings, and landscapes. My work studies how spatial practices of power and resistance shape the modernity and coloniality of the Americas. I am co-founder of several collectives laboring to broaden the reach of architectural history, including the Feminist Art and Architecture Collaborative (where I was active 2013–2020), Detroit Resists, Nuestro Norte es el Sur, and the Settler Colonial City Project. I recently published my first book, Modernity for the Masses: Antonio Bonet’s Dreams for Buenos Aires (UT Press, 2021). Please follow the links to learn more about my texts, actions, collaborations, and talks. My pronouns are she/ella.
I am Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, where I hold positions at the History of Art and Romance Languages and Literatures departments, and a dry appointment at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. I am affiliated with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Also at UMich, I was the Charles P. Brauer Faculty Fellow at the Institute for the Humanities (2020–21) and co-director of the Decolonizing Pedagogies Workshop (2017–2021).
I hold a PhD in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture from MIT, an M.Des.S. with distinction from the Harvard GSD, an M.Arch. from Georgia Tech, and an architecture and urbanism diploma from the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil.
I labor at the University of Michigan. I acknowledge this institution resides on the occupied territories of the Three Fire Peoples—the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi. As I work and live on these territories I recognize Indigenous sovereignty, the ongoing effects of colonization and colonial state violence, and the global struggle for self-determination of Indigenous communities.