I am an Assistant Professor of English at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. My research focuses on twentieth- and twenty-first-century U.S. ethnic literatures, comparative race studies, critical mixed race studies, and the role of literature in social justice. I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and my B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.
I have designed and taught survey courses on multiethnic U.S. literatures; specialized courses on African American, Asian American, Muslim American, and mixed race literature; science/speculative fiction; popular literature and culture; and academic writing. I have experience teaching and designing general education, service-learning, graduate-level, and major courses. I earned a Ph.D. Certificate in College and University Teaching from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In my ongoing efforts as an educator, I strive to incorporate inclusive and innovative teaching practices in the classroom.
I have presented research at several academic conferences, including the Modern Language Association, American Studies Association, Association for Asian American Studies, American Literature Association, and Popular/American Culture Association. My scholarly work is published in Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States and American Literature. I am currently working on a book project that considers how Asian American, African American, and Latinx writers use antiracist literature to challenge the racism of the contemporary U.S. security state.