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I am a Ph.D. student studying Anthropology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. My scholarship has been supported by the Doctoral Research Fellowship from the Department of International and Transcultural Studies and the Anthropology Research Fund in Honor of Lambros Comitas. I am an inaugural scholar of the Teachers College Doctoral Research Collective for the Study of Race and Ethnicity sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Community Affairs. I hold a M.A. in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University School of Education and a B.A. in American Studies with a focus on race and ethnicity from Georgetown University where I completed a documentary film thesis.
My academic interests include Educational Anthropology, Critical Pedagogy, Political Anthropology, Race and Ethnic Studies, American Studies and the contemporary United States. Broadly speaking, I am interested in how Latinx families, youth and children interact with the schooling experience. In particular, I am interested in the dynamics between race/ethnicity and communication and am concerned with topics such as raciolinguistics, racial literacy and critical media literacy. Finally, I am dedicated to the principles of public scholarship and enjoy designing research that is multimodal and participatory.
In my professional community, I have served as the Secretary of the Association of Educational Anthropology. I am currently a Co-chair of the TC Student-Parent Group and a member of the Multimodal Project Group at the Media and Social Change Lab.
In addition to my studies, I am also a Head Teacher at the Rita Gold Early Childhood Center where I continue refining my professional praxis as an educator. Prior to pursuing my doctorate, I was an early childhood classroom teacher in Washington DC, Baltimore, and Shanghai, China. When not in the classroom, I worked as a field instructor and facilitator, guiding and mentoring adolescents in a variety of experiential and cross-cultural education programs in Latin America, China, and Southeast Asia.
I currently serve on the Board of Directors of the NYC-based youth empowerment organization, Global Potential. Previously, I co-founded the grassroots food justice nonprofit, DC Fair Food, and served as a Community Organizer and on their Board of Directors in Washington DC for several years.
My professional vision is to collaborate with and serve teachers, children, youth and families in an effort to contribute towards the continuous improvement of an equitable, just, and compassionate society.
I welcome connection and collaboration; please do not hesitate to be in touch!