the issues and paradoxes generated in the production and deployment of ethnic constructs, especially in institutional settings, which are then applied toward the maintenance and reproduction of existing structures of inequality
mental health and medical issues
substance abuse prevention programs in schools
community-based organizations in New York City
ethnohistorical research on the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, especially on Cuba and Puerto Rico.
ethnicity and identity
institutional culture, both in the US and in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.
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