About Me

me
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.

My academic focuses are on Continental philosophy (especially post-war French Spinozist and feminist materialism), Latin American philosophy (especially the Grupo modernidad/colonialidad and Rodolfo Kusch), and Early Modern philosophy (especially Spinoza with regard to his context and reception).

My current 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.