About Me

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At a joint labor rally between my graduate union, GTFF 3544, and campus worker union SEIU 503.

I’m a third-year PhD student at University of Oregon’s philosophy department.  I have BAs in philosophy and English literature, and an MA in English all from California State University Stanislaus. Prior to coming to University of Oregon, I worked as a lecturer/”temporary” faculty/adjunct instructor at Merced College’s English department, California State University Stanislaus’ philosophy department, and University of California Merced’s Merritt Writing program.

The areas I have been trained and work in are Continental philosophy (especially Nieztsche, Heidegger, Derrida, and Deleuze), Latin American philosophy (especially Leon-Portilla and Nahua philosophy, as well as Anzaldúa), and Early Modern European philosophy (especially Spinoza, concepts of experience and the passions). Like some graduate students, I perpetually change what I like to read, and I love many areas of philosophy. I’ve spent time reading Marx (and Engels), Frankfurt School Critical Theory, Blanchot and literature, bioethics, medical humanities, and Italian biopolitics.

Research-wise, I am currently working on concepts of pain and memory with regard to experience and knowledge. I am raising the question of the experience of pain with regard to knowledge and the subject, and I am treating this question as a comparative intervention in the trajectory of Cartesian philosophy. The question is: how is the experience of pain, and how does it relate to our categories of experience and knowledge, as well as our concepts of time and history.

My plan for this website is to produce guides for reading various philosophers, which is something I’ve struggled to find in organized ways in my own research. Sometimes I immediately find a perfectly-written Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article replete with useful references that are readable at my current knowledge level; other times I’ve deep into reddit still failing to find a good entry point to tackling Derrida. My goal is to set up some robust introductions to philosophers I like that are accessible at a variety of background knowledge levels. Beyond that, I’d like to have a place to host my writing.