I’m a fifth-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, 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, Enrique Dussel, and Latin America Subaltern Studies), and Anticolonial studies, which I use to encompass the long history of thinking about colonialism through things like Decolonial theory, anticolonial Marxism, and Postcolonial studies. 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 subaltern hermeneutics in Latin American philosophy. The topic is a splicing together of the concept of the subaltern (as first theorized by Antonio Gramsci in Prison Notebook 25, developed in a radical direction by Gayatri Spivak in “Can the Subaltern Speak?“, and subsequently theorized in the Latin American context by the Latin American Subaltern Studies Group) and hermeneutics, which is the theory and art of interpretation and understanding. If hermeneutics thematizes understanding, we can distinguish between hegemonic aspects of understanding wherein there are dominant modes of understanding, and subaltern aspects of understandin where what is subaltern is illegible. I present a series of readings of texts from the Latin American tradition to thematize the interruptions and breaks in understanding as meaningful events in themselves beyond understanding. But what is there to understand beyond understanding? It would be nothing.
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.
I would also love to work on creating a network and landing pad for those working in Latin American philosophy, especially in the traditions that I work in.