As a Scholar:
I am a Ph.D. student 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. My academic pursuits focus around separatism, nationalism, ethnic conflict, and temporality in Western Europe & 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 factors that drive support for separatist parties and the role of temporality in ethnic conflicts. My secondary interest focuses on the role of monarchs as supposed national, unifying figures in the multi-ethnic contexts of South East Asian nations. My research skills lean qualitatively, with an emphasis on content analysis, case studies, comparative historical analysis, and semi-structured interviews. I also have competency in social network analysis.
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 routinely return to my alma mater as a volunteer coach for the award-winning Model UN Program at the University of La Verne. I currently serve as a founding member and President of a millennial leadership network in Southern California. 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.