Feminist. Writer. Bridge Builder.

I am a trauma-informed somatic practitioner. 

I am also a feminist ethnic studies scholar, education consultant, mystic and contemplative, and writer.

I love teaching the vintage writings of feminist foremothers to better understand how we transform the world together.

My life's work is our connection to collective healing...

 

across the generations.

THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND
MY TEACHING & CONSULTING  

 I had the privilege of longterm training by many top scholars, from both the Ivy League to the more radical UC California system of education.

 

I use my research to teach and partner with those leading visionary and collective change at all levels
 

from K-12 teachers and activists, to artists and faith leaders, to journalists, caregivers, moms, entrepreneurs, athletes, body positive activists, therapists, and doctors and nurses. 

I bring to our partnership my own devotion to feminist research, which I  do across multiple fields (including ethnic studies, religious studies, and counseling psychology).

I offer the unique intellectual depth of having done research in 5 graduate programs and in 62 graduate courses.
(Only 16–19 are typically required for 1 Ph.D.).

I know how valuable such  interdisciplinary feminist research is.

 

I also know how inaccessible such study is for most people.

I teach people how to learn using contemplative feminist strategies and somatic practices that tap into deep learning.

 

 And unlike the traditional university, I can offer an experience customized to your life, professional goals, and limits of time, geography, and energy. I use my own investments to substantially shorten the time and resources you need to get access to transformative feminist learning.

Because my research is interdisciplinary, I have expertise in what it means to create knowledge across professions and alongside my clients' expertise—a foundational practice for the kinds of partnerships I invest in

My model of feminist leadership and consultancy is always to create synergy across areas of expertise and passion—so that we can tackle injustice together and build the world we know is possible.

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.

RESEARCH & ACADEMIC TRAINING 

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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, trauma, and contemplative learning. I integrated studies of Black, Chicana, Indigenous, and transnational feminist intellectual history; spirituality; pedagogy; psychoanalysis and psychosocial theory; and creativity. I was attentive to how feminist foremothers birthed their voice, formed coalitions across difference, and created revolutionary texts that changed the world as we know it. From this research, I developed pedagogical models to support each learner in accessing their own embodied and revolutionary knowledge. 
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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.
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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 training program for therapists to better understand their work as mental health practitioners in light of research from feminist studies, ethnic studies, Black studies, postcolonial studies, queer studies, and Indigenous studies.
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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 everything I offer. I read widely and deeply in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic research, with a particular focus on research in trauma theory, somatics, and attachment.
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