I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science with subfield specializations in political theory and comparative politics. I came to Chicago by way of electoral and legislative work that took me from Los Angeles to Amherst to Boston to Philadelphia to Harrisburg to Cleveland to Akron to Denver to Colorado Springs and back to Philadelphia before returning to school and completing my BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies [sic] at Barnard College in New York.
Most broadly, my areas of research and teaching include contemporary political theory; democratic theory; legal and juridical institutions; feminist and queer politics, theory, and praxis (in addition to, but distinct from, gender and sexuality/gay and lesbian studies); critical theory; race and ethnicity studies alongside critical race theory; pedagogical thought and critical pedagogy.
Currently, I am working on my dissertation, titled “Democratic Poesis: Publics, Pedagogy, and Play for World-building Politics,” which is about imagining democracy as a world-building project under contemporary conditions of precarity and antagonism. Its critical point of departure is the argument that if we can shift our understanding of difference from difference as a property of an individual/object towards difference as the capacity of the world for change, then we can open up space to examine how experiments in world-building focus their critical and political energies when their attentions do not have to converge on how to manage and organize our terms of separation. The goal is to move conversations about the promises of democracy beyond its mediating function as a form of governance that should turn the overwhelming massive arrays of social difference and antagonism into a political (and homogenous) unity. To do so, the dissertation reads across a wide range of exemplary cases: from those centered around the legislative and juridical apparatuses of the state—such as Supreme Court decisions—to revolutionary educational programming to Alternate Reality Games (ARGs).
My work is supported by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality with whom I am a Residential Fellow (2018-2019) and through whom I have received a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. My teaching has been recognized with the Wayne C. Booth Prize for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Chicago.
Courses taught include:
Queer, Quare, Ku’er: or queer of color critique
What was queer theory?
Asian-American Studies (not quite introductory)
Power, Identity, and Resistance I, II, and III