I research and teach education policy, comparative and international studies, history of education, language instruction, ethnic studies, American studies, and gender and women's studies. My experience as a public school teacher in Los Angeles fuels my research interest in power-- particularly as it manifests through empire-- and education. I am invested in social justice.
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 three projects that provide a comparative, historical examination of the role of education and empire(s) in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Mexico, and India.
I am also a planning committee member for the national research justice organization, DataCenter (www.datacenter.org).
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
Comparative and International Studies History of Education Gender and Women's Studies Education Policy Ethnic Studies Research Justice Language Instruction American Studies