Rubén is a Chicagoan, until Chicago ends, until he blows like Chicago wind. He is interested in identity, race, and citizenship. Among other projects, his proposed dissertation work is located at the intersection between masculinity, sports, and ethnicity. He is working towards a project that will look at Nordestino (North-Eastern Brazilian) identity in a southern cosmopolitan context, specifically the city of São Paulo. Rubén is a fervent proponent of community based projects and avid practitioner of participatory action research methods. He is an anthropologist, writer, artist, and community activist splitting time between Madison and Chicago. South Side Stand Up.