I am a Political Science Ph.D. and assistant professor at Imperial Valley College. I specialize in International Relations and Political Theory, with a focus on environmental justice and transnational social movements. My research examines the inequities associated with the international movement of waste and the different processes by which transnational environmental non-governmental organizations (TENGOs) support frontline communities pursuing justice. My dissertation, Empowering Environmental Justice: Grassroots Organizing, Global Resistance and the Transformative Capacity of Zero Waste, investigates how distinct ways of conceptualizing environmental justice inform different and sometimes conflicting approaches to activism, coalition-building and global governance.


My teaching philosophy is indebted to what I have learned from teaching some of the most diverse student bodies in the nation at research institutions, California State universities, and community colleges. Specifically, I have come to appreciate how a student’s successful cultivation of critical thinking and progress in oral and written communication thrive in an environment that maximizes inclusivity, equity, accessibility and puts students at the center of their education and its application. This includes creating incentives for students to discuss original arguments, using reciprocal peer learning exercises, and providing resources appropriate to the needs of each student, which enable all to achieve equally high results.


American Government

Comparative Government

Environmentalism, Sustainability & Society

Foundations of Political Thought

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