I am a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow at the UC Davis School of Education. I received my Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Education, with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality. I research and teach education policy, comparative and international studies, higher education, history of education, language instruction, ethnic studies, Asian American studies, American studies, and gender and women's studies.
My dissertation, "Colonial Articulations: English Instruction and the 'Benevolence' of U.S. Overseas Expansion in the Philippines, 1898-1916," provides a historical examination of the ways in which the colonial education policy of English instruction functioned to organize and normalize the political rhetoric of American benevolence. This work was supported by an American Educational Research Association Minority Dissertation Fellowship and a UC Dissertation Year Fellowship. I am currently developing my dissertation into a book manuscript and working on several interdisciplinary projects on education, race, gender, and language.
My experience as a public school teacher in Los Angeles fuels my multidimensional research interests. My background as a low-income, immigrant, first generation college student grounds my longstanding commitment to diversity and social justice. I am affiliated with the Mellon Social Justice Initiative at UC Davis.