About Me


I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. My dissertation Educated into Violence: The Colonial Origins of Separatist Rebellion focuses on the post-colonial legacy of educational policies and minority separatist rebellion in the Philippines and Burma (Myanmar). My broader research agenda is focused on the development of nationalism across Southeast Asia. I hold a Ph.D in Political Science (’20) from the University of California, Irvine; an MA in Political Science from UC Irvine (’17); and a BA in Political Science with a minor in International Studies from the University of La Verne (’14). I am a former Senior Pedagogical Fellow of the Division of Teaching Excellence & Innovation at UCI.

I have experience teaching across different campuses for courses in Comparative Politics; Southeast Asian Government & Politics; Research Methods; Model United Nations; and Nations. I have advanced pedagogical training and extensive experience in facilitating workshops for both faculty and graduate students on course design, assessment, active learning, and diversity training. Additionally, I have several years of experience in private tutoring at the high school and undergraduate level.

1I am the product of the mentors who came before me. Thus, I am actively passionate about mentorship and devote some of my free time towards advocating for girls/women in leadership (Women SPEAK; SPARK Leadership), global youth involvement (AIDemocracy), Filipinx-American activism, & alumni engagement with my alma mater. I am the proud owner of 3 dogs, Duchess, Princess, & Peaches who all maintain a strong stage presence during review sessions in my courses.

An updated version of my CV can be found here.


If you are an individual seeking advice on applying to graduate school, please do not hesitate to send me an email. I do not have all the answers, but I am open to providing mentorship or guidance in any way that I can.

For more about the Ph.D. program at UC Irvine, please watch the department video.