Feminist. Writer. Bridge Builder.
I am a trauma-informed...
Feminist ethnic studies scholar, educator, and writer.
I love teaching the vintage writings of feminist foremothers.
I love 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.
MY ACADEMIC BIO
My research combines feminist and ethnic studies intellectual history; trauma studies across multiple fields; religious studies; psychodynamic research; critical pedagogy; and contemplative and creative practices.
I am interdisciplinary and rigorous in how I approach my work as a feminist scholar and teacher. Deep and contemplative study is a life practice for me, and two decades of that practice give me the intellectual range to work across academic disciplines and communities.
I hold a Ph.D. ABD and an MA in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego.
I hold a second Master's degree (summa cum laude) in U.S. Religious History from Yale University/YaleDivinity School, where I was a Merit Scholar and then a postgraduate fellow in Gender Equity and Policy.
In addition to Ph.D. work 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, where I was a 4F Fellow.
I trained as a psychodynamic therapist from 2005–2007. 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.
Having the unique experience of having taken 62 graduate courses (16–19 are required for 1 Ph.D) and studying with experts across many fields, I know how valuable such feminist research is. But, I also know how inaccessible such study is for most people.
MY PHILOSOPHY BEHIND MY CONSULTING WORK
Since 2006, I have prioritized designing and innovating courses, collaborations, and workshops outside traditional academia in my efforts to build bridges.
I've developed methods to help my clients create a pathway of contemplative feminist study, even in the small nooks of very busy lives. I see contemplative feminist study like planting seeds: you don't know what power or nourishment a seed will release, but what is important is to create the conditions to plant and water and till the soil.
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 offer, I collaborate and create synergy across areas of expertise, whether that is with medical practitioners, 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 revolutionize education in our time so that we can 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.
But I believe that feminist models of collaborative work
—both inside and outside academia—
help us shift status quo assumptions and rewrite together
our collective liberation.
I am the co-editor with David Leonard of Football, Culture, and Power (Routledge, 2016), a scholarly book examining what the U.S.'s most profitable sport reveals about the systems of violence we live within. I wrote about gender and race, and whiteness and feminist spectatorship— in the context of watching violence to male bodies, the majority of which are black male bodies. I also wrote about how loving and watching football since my childhood taught me key principles for my feminist life.
You can read read my article about some of the ideas in the book at
My contemplative feminist, anti-racist work is published in numerous online and print outlets including
The Washington Spectator, The New Haven Register, NewBlackMan(inExile), OnBeing, Feministing, and Common Grounds, among others.
I also write about embodiment and feminist pedagogy. If you can get behind the paywall, see my co-written article, "Labor, leaps, and risky beginnings: Including the body as text in the classroom," in Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society.
I have two books in process:
a collection of essays on feminism, politics, and contemplative practice & a writing workbook on contemplative feminist approaches to creative process and inner life.