Javier Wallace is currently a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Texas at Austin. He researches issues surrounding race, class, gender, labor migration, nationality, and transnationalism of athletes from the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean. Javier's dissertation, Sueños del Norte: Afro-Panamanian Hoop Dreams & the Realities of Basketball Trafficking, was selected as a top topic on Afro-Latin studies for the Master Mamolen Clark Dissertation Workshop part of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute(ALARI) at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University. Javier's work and research have been supported by fellowships and grants, including Joe Arbena Latin American Sport History Grant, UT Austin's Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Fellowship, and The Latinx Project at New York University(NYU). Javier earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Florida A&M University, where he also played offensive lineman for the Rattler Football Team. He is of U.S. and Panamanian heritage and has served as athletic director and physical educator in the Republic of Panama. Javier is an avid world traveler and co-founder of two social entrepreneurial projects, AfroLatino Travel, and Black Austin Tours.