About me

I am Associate Professor at Willamette University, a small liberal arts college in Oregon. I teach in the Politics and Sociology departments and the International Studies program. I am co-chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies program, along with Aili Zheng.

My research and teaching interests include gender, violence, and storytelling; human rights advocacy; the politics of international justice and “gender justice”; and race and racism in international politics. As a teacher, researcher and advocate, I am committed to expanding access to higher education; serving (prospective) first-generation college students; (re)learning antiracist and collaborative pedagogies; and decolonizing international studies teaching and learning.

I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, a public land-grant institution, in 2009. At Minnesota I taught classes on global politics and human rights and I completed the Preparing Future Faculty program.  Concurrently, I was a founding member of the Equal Access Coalition, a large group of students, workers, educators and community members working to expand access to higher education in the Twin Cities and beyond.

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This website (still under construction) will serve as a research and teaching depository and it will (hopefully) host resources for students.