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 fifth-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 indigenous thought), and Early Modern European philosophy (especially Spinoza). Like some graduate students, I perpetually change what I like to read, and I love too many areas of philosophy.

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.

Research-wise, I am working on my literature review for my program requirements. My literature review is titled “Cycles and Time in Indigenous Latin American Thought.”

I have been working in labor and community organizing since 2017, and have served as department steward, grievances officer, political education officer, chair of the BIPOC caucus, member of the survivor support caucus, organized contract campaigns, and written contract language for our collective bargaining agreement. I’ve worked with community groups, including local labor coalitions, racial justice groups, and housing groups.

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.