As a Scholar:
I am a Ph.D. Candidate of the Political Science Department at the University of California, Irvine. I hold an MA in Political Science from UC Irvine (’17) and a BA in Political Science with a minor in International Studies from the University of La Verne (’13). For Fall 2017, I am teaching Comparative Politics at Cal Poly Pomona. As of Fall 2016, I am a Pedagogical Fellow of the Division of Teaching Excellence & Innovation at UCI. My academic pursuits focus around regimes & separatism in Southeast Asia. My current work focuses on the Philippines. While most certainly not yet an expert, I have also presented on topics including social capital, monarchies, and the democratic deficit in Europe.
If you are a scholar seeking advice on applying to graduate school or fellowships, please do not hesitate to send me an email. I do not have all the answers, but I am open to providing mentorship or guidance in any way that I can.
For more about our PhD program at UC Irvine, please watch our department video.
Outside of Academia:
I am the product of the mentors who came before me. Thus, I am actively passionate about mentorship and devote some of my free time towards fighting for women in leadership (Women SPEAK; SPARK Leadership) and global youth involvement (AIDemocracy). I am the proud owner of 2 stray dogs, Duchess & Princess, who maintain a strong stage presence during review sessions in my courses. I can be found nursing my caffeine addiction at local coffee shops across Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Orange County or traversing the streets of Disneyland when I am not in my office, albeit rarely.
My various social media feeds are consumed with headlines regarding current affairs, but I am admittedly awful at keeping up with modern culture. This includes, but is not limited to, being horribly behind on television. A majority of my favorite shows aired decades ago, target demographics born decades ago, or are political in nature: The Golden Girls, Grace & Frankie, The West Wing, Parks & Recreation, & Sherlock. I am even worse at seeing the latest films, but my favorites amongst my limited exposure are Dr. Strange & Mamma Mia!. My favorite novel is “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell. “Imagined Communities” by Benedict Anderson is the impetus behind my research interests, page 7 to be exact.
Perhaps unsurprising to those who know my work best, my favorite word is “pleonastic”& I heavily utilize the ampersand.