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 the Spring of 2017, I am teaching Research Methods as an Adjunct Professor at the University of La Verne. As of Fall 2017, I am a Pedagogical Fellow of the Center for Education & Instruction at UCI. My academic pursuits focus around separatism, nationalism, ethnic conflict, and civil wars in South East 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.
Although I am a Southern California native, I have a strong connection to my Filipino heritage and speak Tagalog fluently. Growing up as a first-generation student shaped my academic interest in understanding identity within the borders of nation-states. My main research projects focus on understanding the role of temporality and episodes of rebellion across the duration of civil wars. My secondary interest focuses on the role of monarchs as (supposedly) national, unifying figures in the multi-ethnic contexts of South East Asian nations. I have experience utilizing several types of research methods: process-tracing, content analysis, case studies, comparative historical analysis, and semi-structured interviews.
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.