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 History from Temple University in Philadelphia. He has been a full-time college professor for nearly a decade, notably at Rutgers University and Swarthmore College. As an active historian, he has produced scholarship exploring inequality and social policy, cycles of agency related to constitutional rights, and representations in popular culture. He is the author of Aztlán Arizona (University of Arizona Press, 2014). Beyond academia, Dean Echeverría has also served appointed and elected officials in the state of New Jersey and the federal government. He is a fan of select New York sports teams, has a soft spot for all members of the animal kingdom, and is actively engaged in community organizations.