I am a first generation Latinx Studies scholar, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic and an Afro-Latina from Trenton, NJ. I study Blackness, colonialism, migration and diaspora with a special focus on dominicanidades. I study literary and cultural texts in conversation with historical processes and following a methodology for archiving in justice that challenges the heteronormative, Eurocentric production of knowledge that has persistently excluded and silenced the lives, histories and epistemology of Black and brown people from traditional archives, libraries and books. My work is grounded on social justice, women of color feminism and Afro-Latinx episteme. I have a strong commitment to undocumented communities, and first generation students of color. I follow a model of engaged scholarship that bridges gaps between university and community both in my research and my teaching.