I entered academia to produce scholarship that illuminates the histories, philosophies, and cultures of feminist, queer, and of color communities in the US and globally. My goal as an instructor is to share this knowledge with students, while also nurturing their critical thinking skills and their amplification of their own voices. In my courses, I heavily incorporate visual and experiential teaching strategies so that students can connect the relevance of heavy topics such as postwar trauma, domestic violence, and police brutality to their individual lives and work—to break down the barriers between theory and practice, between what’s out there and what’s right here. I aim to have students leave my classes with not only historical facts and critical theories, but with some practical tools for productively engaging with power at the interpersonal and institutional levels.


Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Program in Critical Ethnic & Community Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2020-2022

Undergraduate courses, WGS

  • Sexual Identities in American Culture (cross-listed with American Studies). Spring 2022
  • Sex and the City: The Politics of Race, Sexuality, and Mobility. Fall 2021
  • Advanced Topics in Human Rights Studies: Human Rights in Cinema. Fall 2021
  • Queer Visual Culture (cross-listed with Art). Spring 2021

Graduate courses, MS Program in Critical Ethnic & Community Studies

  • Transdisciplinary Research in Practice. Fall 2020, Fall 2021
  • Transdisciplinary Research Methods. Spring 2021

Associate Teaching Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington Bothell, 2016-2020

Undergraduate courses

  • Another World is Possible: Community Building Through Socially Engaged Art. Winter 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Approaches to Cultural Research. Fall 2016, Spring 2019
  • Art, Politics, and Social Change. Fall 2016, Spring 2018
  • Critical Diversity Studies. Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020
  • Gender and Sexuality: The Art and Politics of Mobility. Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018
  • Interdisciplinary Inquiry: Race, Gender, the Environment, and Speculative Worldmaking. Fall 2017, Winter/Spring/Fall 2018
  • Introduction to Feminist Studies. Summer 2017, Summer 2020
  • Power, Dissent, and American Culture. Spring 2019 and 2020
  • Public Memory and Dissent in U.S. Culture. Winter 2018

Graduate courses for MA Program in Cultural Studies

  • Cultural Studies Research Practices. Winter 2019 and 2020

Directed reading seminars for MA Cultural Studies and MFA Poetry students

  • 20th c. Histories of Asian American and Black Social Movements. Winter 2017
  • Afro-pessimism, Black Feminisms, and Black Queer Studies. Spring 2018
  • Eco-poetics and the Anthropocene. Spring 2019

Postdoctoral Instructor, Asian American Studies Department, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Spring 2016

  • Asian Americans and the Arts

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Women and Gender Studies, San Francisco State University, Spring 2015

  • Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of Mobility

Visiting Faculty, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, San Francisco Art Institute, 2012-2015


  • Carlos Villa: Predecessors, Contemporaries, Legacies. Spring 2015
  • Introduction to Critical Theory. Spring 2015 and Spring 2014
  • Everyone In Their Right Place [Visual and Popular Cultures of Sub/Urban Development]. Fall 2014
  • Empire, Slavery, and the Making of the Human. Spring 2014
  • Domestic Disturbances: The Culture and Politics of “Home.” Spring 2013


  • Introduction to Women of Color, Third World, and Indigenous Feminisms. Fall 2014
  • Asian American Public Art, Performance, and Politics. Fall 2013
  • Envisioning Trauma: Visual Culture and Violence. Fall 2012

Graduate Lecturer, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego, 2011-2012

  • Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity. Winter 2012
  • Race, Gender and Sexuality in Film. Summer 2011