Dean “D” was born and raised in the neighboring Garden State. He received his B.A. (magna cum laude) in History from Rutgers University and earned his Ph.D. in American Political History from Temple University in Philadelphia. Dean Echeverría has been a college professor for more than a dozen years, teaching both introductory and specialized upper-level courses in American and World History. As an active historian and current professor, he produces scholarship exploring inequality and social policy, cycles of agency related to constitutional rights, and representations in popular culture from a comparative ethclass perspective. He is the author of Aztlán Arizona (University of Arizona Press, 2014). Beyond academia, Dean Echeverría has also served as a political aide to New Jersey and federal government appointed and elected officials, ranging from but not limited to the NJ’s Governor’s Office to presidential and senatorial administrations. He is a fan of select New York sports teams; enjoys swimming and singing; and is engaged in statewide and regional organizations, coalitions, and boards.