"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality" - Desmond Tutu
My research interests are centered in my interest in social equity and justice. My current research focuses on street level organizations’ policies and practices towards immigrants, specifically what I term the degree of welcomeness of these organizations. These policies and practices shape how individuals, especially those from marginalized groups, understand their place in society and their relationship with government.
Other current projects focus on understanding how organizational characteristics of public libraries shape Hispanics perceptions and use of libraries, how the state-level legal context affects Hispanics' decisions to naturalize or not, and the role of collaborative networks in providing services to immigrants.