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I am a photo-writer who creates stories through a combination of images and text narratives. Occasional posts of my work are published on Medium.

Books include Food with a Twist, Finding Peace in a Restless World and East Bay Photo Collective Book; Russell City: Images of America; Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence; Creative Collectives: Chicana Painters Working in Community, and Enunciating Our Terms: Women of Color in Conflict and Collaboration.


It is an honor to have received accolades for my work as a photo-writer and oral historian including California State Assembly Woman of the Year for contributions to the arts; Alameda County Supervisors’ Award for Community Service for public history; Hayward Area Historical Society-John Sandoval Award for outstanding research and documentation of local history; Creative Work Fund Artist Grant; multiple Ford Foundation Research Fellowships; National Women’s Studies Association dissertation prize; UC Humanities Research Institute Fellow in Residence. 


A native of California, my experiences as a Chicana living in the East Bay have greatly influenced my imagination. All of my work, academic and creative, incorporate elements of visual art and written expression. I earned a doctorate working under the supervision of University of California Santa Cruz DIstinguished Professor Emerita Angela Y. Davis. I am humbled to have been awarded the title of San José State University Professor Emerita-Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.

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