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 fourth-year PhD student at University of Oregon’s philosophy department.  My CV is here. 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 too many areas of philosophy.

Areas of philosophy I like and have read: Ancient Greek, Modern European, 18th-20th century German, 20th-century French, Marx and Marxian thought, Frankfurt School Critical Theory, 20th-century French and American feminism, Black and Latinx feminism, De/post/anti-Colonial theory, 20th century literary theory, Phenomenology, Bioethics, Psychoanalysis, and philosophy of music. I have taken classes in the history of Analytic philosophy and Philosophy of Mind.

I am trained in English literature, specifically: California and “Multicultural” American, Victorian and Romantic, 20th century British, early English esp. Chaucer and Shakespeare, and Early American. I am, for whatever happenstance, trained in reading and translating Middle English. I have a deep appreciation for literature, especially Fyodor Dostoevsky, Clarice Lispector, Cormac McCarthy, Franz Kafka, and Gabriel Garcia Márquez. I love poetry, especially Audre Lorde, Gabriela Mistral (thanks Evan Q.), and Rainier Maria Rilke.

Research-wise, I am working on my literature review for my program requirements. My focus is currently on the relation between affect and understanding. I’ve been continuing to read the literature on Spinoza, Anzaldúa and Latinx feminism, Black feminism, and 20th-century phenomenology and hermeneutics.

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.