Originally from Chicago, IL, Jeff earned a B.A. in Communication Studies and a B.A. in Spanish from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Jeff’s work in intercultural communication and the Spanish language has led him to study abroad in Lima, Perú, Wroclaw, Poland, and Ahmedabad, India. In Indianapolis, Jeff worked for activist organizations, such as Central Indiana Jobs with Justice and Unite HERE, as well as maintaining a highly active life in student and campus organizations. He moved to Albuquerque in 2012 to pursue a M.A. in Communication at UNM and is now a member of the 2014 Ph.D. cohort, also at UNM in the Department of Communication & Journalism. His research interests include intercultural communication, eco-cultural and environmental communication, language acquisition in multiple cultural contexts, and the intersection of race, gender, class, sexual identity, ability status, and language ability in the construction of identity, privilege, and power in social and cultural institutions.