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I am a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley and Graduate Fellow at the UC Berkeley Institute for the Study of Societal Issues. Prior to joining the doctoral program, I worked on education research at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). I hold a B.A. in International Comparative Studies from Duke University and a Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

My intellectual journey has been motivated by my passion for understanding and eradicating stratification structures that disenfranchise immigrant and refugee populations. As a scholar, my broad research agenda centers on invisible stigmas and intersectional identities.  My current project, as such, is on the camouflaged community of Asian undocumented immigrants. As a teacher and mentor, my primary aim is to implement inclusive, student-centered pedagogy.  My research and teaching interests include the sociology of immigration, race/ethnicity, education, family, and research design.

My research has been generously funded by the Social Science Research Council, Harvey Fellowship, Hellman Fellows Fund, UC Berkeley Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, and UC Berkeley Graduate Division. My published work has been featured in the Russell Sage Foundation Journal of Social Sciences and the Asian American Law Journal.