As a community-engaged researcher, I am committed to developing public scholarship and preserving community histories. This has entailed: conducting research for museums and libraries, including the Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Community Museum, the Southern California Library, and the Library Company of Philadelphia; writing for public audiences through The Black Agenda Report, The Architect's Newspaper, Deem Journal, and Monument Lab; contributing to housing justice work in Los Angeles, most substantially with the tenant organizing of the Los Angeles Center for Community Law and Action; disseminating research findings through popular press including The Guardian, KPCC (NPR LA), Grist, and The Los Angeles Times; and, strengthening institutional support for open access publishing through UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy. Since 2017, I have conducted research with and stewarded public-facing programs of the Housing Justice in Unequal Cities Research Coordination Network, an NSF-funded initiative of the UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy. I am committed to language justice, so I strive to conduct and/or facilitate production of much of this work (particularly the housing justice scholarship) in Spanish and English.
Additionally, I actively participate in scholarly discourse: as an ad-hoc reviewer for journals including Annals of the American Association of Geographers and Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, and as an author for journals such as Planning Theory and Practice and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.