About Me

I’m a sixth-year PhD student at University of Oregon’s philosophy department.  My CV is here. Prior to coming to University of Oregon, I got BAs in philosophy and English literature, and an MA in English all from California State University Stanislaus. I previously have worked as a lecturer/”temporary” faculty/adjunct instructor at Merced College’s English department, California State University Stanislaus’ philosophy department, University of California Merced’s Merritt Writing program, Quinnipiac University’s First-Year Experience program, and Fairfield University’s first-year composition and philosophy programs.

The areas I have been trained and work in are Continental philosophy (especially Nieztsche, Heidegger, Derrida, and Deleuze), Latin American philosophy (especially indigenous thought, Enrique Dussel, and Latin America Subaltern Studies), and Decolonial theory. 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 writing a dissertation on violence and play. I engage with texts by Walter Benjamin, Enrique Dussel, and María Lugones to argue that the modern state project is maintained in violence, and that forms of play can challenge the order of violence.

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.

I like to use this website to blog, post reading guides I’ve written (which is only one at present), and otherwise host whatever I need to on the internet. Feel free to send me an email for whatever reason, as I’m always happy to chat about things I like.