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I am an educator, urbanist, and scholar-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 the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
My graduate training in political science, education, and urban planning influences my teaching, scholarship, and community engagement. In my freelance writing and pubic speaking I work to challenge power through critical analyses on topics concerning justice, communities, gender and cities, power, politics, feminism, education, activism, and social media.
In my academic research I take an intersectional approach to studying gender, cities, and justice, using the concept of Right to the Gendered City and Critical Race Theory to explore experiences in public space. I focus on how social media is used to document and share incidents of street harassment, look for connections between on-line and on-the-ground social movement activity, and examine how community planners and organizers can use this information to understand and address complex urban problems.
I currently teach courses on community development, social and educational inequality, global inequality, and critical pedagogies, Additionally, I create and lead interactive workshops for community and campus organizations.
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 speak about the fundamentals of jury consulting with law and politics classes.
I’m the former managing editor of Critical Planning Journal, and a past fellow with The OpEd Project. I have graduate degrees in both Political Science and Education, and 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.