I am a Jewyorican: My father’s family is Puerto Rican (and I was born in New York) and my mother’s family is Jewish. I was raised in a mixed-race, mixed-religious family and I’m proud of all of my heritages. I speak Spanish and celebrate Three Kings Day but also had a Bat Mitzvah and identify strongly with my Jewish roots.

I was born on Long Island, NY and grew up primarily in Longwood, FL. Since then, I attended college at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL and two semesters at FSU in Valencia, Spain. I graduated from FSU with a BA in Music in 2004 and moved to Seattle, WA where I attend the University of Washington. I earned an MA in Ethnomusicology in 2007, an MA in Sociology in 2009, and will be earning my PhD in June of 2012. I will be the first member of my family to earn a PhD.

I study the educational attainment of immigrants and ethnic groups in the United States. I have also worked on contraceptive use in Indonesia and I’m very interested in fertility, family formations and marriage, which was part of my work for my Master’s degree in Sociology. Since my main area of focus is Demography, I love numbers and statistics and I am always excited when there is a Census, or when new findings are released about the demographics of the United States.

Personally, I love to play soccer (I have for the last 25 years!), ski, bike (I don’t own a car), and run. I ran my first marathon in October of 2011 and plan to run an ultra at some point this year. I am a huge Seattle Sounders fan and a proud member of the Emerald City Supporters and La Barra Fuerza Verde.

I currently live in Seattle, WA with my partner, a preschool teacher and an artist, and my two cats Pee Wee and Lois.

For now, I am mostly re-blogging posts that I write for the UW SACNAS chapter blog, which I manage. Once I graduate and move on from the chapter, I plan to continue blogging on my own blog.

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