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  • 1985, Born in Pasadena, California; raised in Ontario, California
  • 2003, Graduated from Ontario High School
  • 2006, TESOL Certificate, University of California, Riverside Extension
  • 2007, AA and AS, Riverside Community College
  • 2009, BA in English and minor in Asian Studies, University of California, Riverside
  • 2011, MA in American Studies, Columbia University
  • 2016, PhD in English, University of Connecticut
  • 2016-2018, Assistant Professor of English (tenure-track), New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • 2018-Present, Academic Coordinator for the Undergraduate Bridge Program, Temple University Japan Campus

I am a scholar of American studies with specializations in 20th and 21st century literature, cultural studies such as food and music, and transpacific studies. I have been teaching in Japan at universities every summer since 2011 and on a full-time basis since 2018 as the Academic Coordinator for the Undergraduate Bridge Program at Temple University’s Japan Campus.

My first book Bridges: United States Academia for First-Generation and International College Students, was published by Temple University Press in 2021 under their North Broad Press imprint. The book, which is under a Creative Commons license, is free to download for anyone.

My interest in music as culture stems from my background in choir, musical theater, dance, and performing in live bands and as a disc jockey. While I was an undergraduate at the University of California, Riverside, I hosted a weekly radio show called Cyber Nation Radio on 88.3 KUCR. In 2009, I was honored with the Award for Excellence in Broadcasting from the university.