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 the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
My journey has been motivated by my passion for understanding and eradicating stratification structures that disenfranchise minority populations. I am thus broadly driven by questions that contribute to social good and human flourishing and have tangible, practical impact. My current project, as such, examines the lived experiences of Asian undocumented immigrants, a community often peripheral to conversations around illegality. 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.
As a teacher, mentor, and advisor, I strive to implement inclusive, student-centered approaches that empowers all students, but particularly historically underrepresented, marginalized students, to discover and pursue pathways authentic to their identities. My most memorable and meaningful experiences center around having one-on-one conversations with students, learning about their journeys, struggles, and dreams, and asking questions to help them in their process of self-understanding and growth.