Araceli Masterson-Algar arrived to the Quad Cities in 2009. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona with a concentration in Border Studies. She holds a Masters in Teaching and Teacher Education and a Masters in Latin American Studies, both from the University of Arizona. Her interests are on the cultural manifestations of migration dynamics between Latin America, the U.S., and Spain. She has published and conducted extensive research on migration, and specifically on the ties between transnational social dynamics, cultural production, and urban planning.
Araceli has worked with various migrant organizations both in Spain and in the U.S., and is a member of the Binational Migration Institute. Since her arrival to the Quad Cities, she has served on the board of directors for Casa Guanajuato (2009-11) and for Viva Quad Cities (2010-11), and her students have been active volunteers with both organizations. In 2012, Araceli joined efforts to found the Palomares Social Justice Center in collaboration with community workers and activists serving the Mexican and Mexican American communities in the Quad Cities. Together with professor Tom Brown, she has provided ongoing opportunities for students to conduct research in the community, and participate in the creation of a Mexican and Mexican-American historical archive for the Quad Cities. She teaches courses on Border Studies, as well as on Latin/o American history, popular culture, music, and literature.