Biography and Education
I was originally born in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. I lived in Houston for the first 10 years of my life and then grew up in Puerto Rico for 10 years. I then lived in the Austin area for about 20 years and recently moved to Kyle, Texas. I received my B.S. in Applied Sociology at Southwest Texas State University in 2001 and then my M.A. in Sociology at Texas State University in 2004. After completing my master’s, I made it my goal to come back and teach at Texas State University one day after I got my Ph.D. I completed my Ph.D. in Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin in 2015. Prior to coming to teach at Texas State University as a lecturer in the Sociology department in 2019, I worked at the Austin Independent School District for three years in the Department of Research and Evaluation. I have two boys and have been with my wife for 22 years and married 16 years. I met my wife in an Introduction to Fine Arts class at Texas State in 1999. Every day I am living my dream working at this wonderful university supporting my students and fellow faculty in the same way they did during my time as a student at Texas State.
I have taught Introduction to Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, Gender and Society, Urban Sociology, and Death and Dying at Texas State.