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Mills's research focuses on Latinx and Africana literature, particularly AfroLatinx and US-Central American literature, refugee narratives, and critical game studies. Overarching themes in Mills's writings include questions of representation and visibility, identity construction, as well as pedagogical strategies for teaching issues of race and ethnicity in print and digital media. She examines how games shape how people imagine what it means to be Latino. Mills has served as a speaker and workshop leader for Humanities Texas.
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Examines how AfroLatinx writers have defined what it means to be AfroLatinx over the last century. Argues that these writers write against the myth of mestizaje (that Latinos are mixed race and thus do not have racist or anti-black ideas and practices).
Provides an overview of US-Central American and Central American refugee narratives and details the new kinds of refugee narratives (escaping from gangs and domestic violence, Afro-Central American perspectives) that are becoming more common. Challenges us and expands our knowledge of refugeeness in the past, present, and future.
Provides experience using video games to teach in the English classroom. Uses student survey feedback, personal experience, and an example assignment to talk about the pros and cons of games in the classroom. Concludes games are a medium through which stories, fiction, and non-fiction are increasingly being sold.
Argues that Angie Cruz’s Soledad (2001) and Naima Coster’s Halsey Street (2017) are a counter-archive of woman-centered, Dominican American narratives of return dependent on feminized forms of expression and belonging—namely art, quiet, secrecy, surrender, and interiority. Reclaims the power of these acts and spaces along a spectrum of quietude, ranging from acts of alienation to tools for bonding, healing, and growth.