About Me


I am an educator, scholar, writer, and activist living in Southern California. I teach in the Social & Cultural Analysis of Education (SCAE) graduate program at CSULB, and am a PhD candidate in urban planning at UCLA. I am the 2014 recipient of the Advancement of Women Award given by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women at California State University Long Beach.

In my freelance writing I provide critical analysis on topics concerning feminism, gender, politics, cities, sexual assault prevention, street harassment, education, and social media.

My academic work focuses on women, safety, and cities. I explore how people use social media to digitally document their experiences in public space, and look to how community planners and organizers can use this information to 1) better understand complex urban problems, and 2) build connections between on-line activism and on-the-ground action agendas.

My past professional experience includes many years working as a jury consultant and a political messaging strategist. During that time I conducted pre-trial focus group research for medical malpractice, contract, environmental, and discrimination cases in more than 30 states. I’m the former managing editor of Critical Planning Journal, and a junior fellow with The OpEd Project.

Follow me on twitter @bellhookedme.


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