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 Core writing program and their philosophy department.

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, and my exams were on California and “Multicultural” American literature. I am, for whatever happenstance, trained in reading and translating Middle English. I have a deep appreciation for literature, especially Fyodor Dostoevsky, Cormac McCarthy, Franz Kafka, and Gabriel Garcia Márquez.

Research-wise, my dissertation concerns play and playfulness. I engage with texts by Walter Benjamin, Enrique Dussel, and María Lugones to discuss the ways that playing brings our selfhood and worlds together to create new ways of social understanding and community.

I have worked occasionally in labor and community organizing since 2017, and in the labor union GTFF, AFT local 3544, I 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 also worked with community groups, including community labor coalitions, racial justice groups, and local housing groups.

I like to use this website to blog 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 most anything.