Christian V. Ramirez is a fourth year Dual PhD student in the Chicano/Latino Studies Graduate Program and the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. He is from Corpus Christi, Texas by way of Saltillo, Mexico. Mr. Ramirez holds a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Sociology from the University of Texas-Pan American where he also earned a graduate certificate in Mexican American Studies. His research includes areas of Migration, Latino Sociology, and Historical Sociology. Mr. Ramirez is interested in the historical cultural exchange among Amerindian, African, and Spanish population in 16th century Mexico. He is particularly interested in how these communities coalesced to create self-liberated communities within a colonial space. Furthermore, his work investigates and expands the limited theoretical writing of and about processes of cultural contact and exchange that occurred in the Gulf Coast region of Veracruz. Future research will include the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas and North East Mexico as a site of investigation because of the shared land space and migration that occurs between the regions. The intent is to complicate the ways in which modernity shapes social relationships between the aforementioned groups and how early colonial realities in Mexico have influenced the social conditions of contemporary Chicana/os.