Feminist. Writer. Bridge Builder.
I am a trauma-informed
somatic practitioner and
feminist ethnic studies scholar, educator, and writer.
I love teaching the vintage writings of feminist foremothers and holding these texts in our minds, bodies, and psyches.
(And, yes, I love styling vintage clothes—this dress here is 1920s.)
My life's work is our collective healing across the generations.
I hold a Ph.D and an M.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego. My research focused on feminist writing practices, the body, and contemplative learning. I integrated studies of Black, Chicana, and transnational feminist intellectual history; spirituality; trauma; pedagogy; and creativity. My dissertation argued that feminist of color writing and knowledge-making practices provide a model for psychosocial theory (or, how we better connect the psychic life of power to the structural, material, and historical analysis of power). I was particularly attentive to how feminist foremothers created revolutionary texts that changed the world as we know it. From this doctoral research and 15-years of teaching experience, I developed pedagogical methods to support each learner in accessing their own embodied and revolutionary knowledge.
I hold a second M.A. (summa cum laude) in U.S. Religious History from Yale University/Yale Divinity School, where I was a Merit Scholar. I researched intersections of race, gender, the body, and Christianity in U.S. history. I also studied (and practiced) feminist spiritual approaches that are rooted in embodiment, contemplation, justice, and creativity. After earning my M.A., I was awarded a postgraduate fellowship in Gender Equity and Policy for Yale University Women Faculty Forum, where I supported gender justice initiatives at Yale.
In addition to my Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies, I completed an additional 2-years of full coursework in a second Ph.D. program in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. I was a 4F Fellow, and I focused on intersections of relational psychoanalysis and Black feminist studies. I also designed and ran a pilot training program for therapists to engage feminist studies, ethnic studies, Black studies, postcolonial studies, queer studies, and Indigenous studies.
Before my extensive academic research, I also trained as a psychodynamic therapist from 2005–2007, focusing on object relations and relational theory. I never practiced as a clinician, but my training and collaborations with those in the field of mental health continue to shape my approach to teaching social theory. I read widely and deeply in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic research.
MY PHILOSOPHY BEHIND MY COACHING & CONSULTING WORK
I have the unique experience of having engaged research across 62 graduate courses—only 16–19 are typically required for 1 Ph.D. I have studied with experts at top universities across many fields . I know how valuable such sustained, interdisciplinary feminist research is. But I also know how inaccessible extensive study is for most people.
Since 2006, I have prioritized designing and innovating courses, collaborations, and workshops outside academia in my efforts to build bridges across sets of knowledges.
I've developed trusted methods to help my clients create a pathway of empowered feminist study. I teach people how to learn using contemplative feminist strategies, creative methods, and somatic practices that tap into deep learning—without having to spend years in graduate school and $100,000 in student debt, as I did.
I use my own investments to substantially shorten the time and resources you need to spend—while still giving you transformative learning customized to your life and professional goals.
Because I am interdisciplinary in my approach, my research has given me knowledge in what it means to create knowledge across professions and disciplines—a foundational practice for the kinds of partnerships I create with my consulting models.
With the feminist knowledge I teach, I collaborate and create synergy across areas of expertise, whether that is with medical practitioners, journalists, K-12 educators, athletes therapists, business leaders, activists, and artists.
No one field of knowledge has all the needed answers for the vast complexity
of what it will mean to meet the challenges our world is facing.
Every area of expertise holds both possibilities and limits, dogma and innovative thresholds for change, power struggles and potential for transforming those hierarchies of knowledge.
I believe that feminist models of collaboration and coalitions—
across many areas of knowledge, both inside and outside academia—
help us shift status quo assumptions and rewrite together
our collective liberation.