About Me

OC Lavendar

I am a Ph.D. Candidate of the Political Science Department at the University of California, Irvine. I hold 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 (’13). As of Fall 2016, I am a Senior Pedagogical Fellow of the Division of Teaching Excellence & Innovation at UCI. My academic pursuits focus around colonialism, regimes, & separatist rebellion in Southeast Asia. My dissertation focuses on the post-colonial legacy of educational policies and separatist rebellion in the Philippines and Burma (Myanmar). My CV can be downloaded here.

I have also presented on topics including social capital, monarchies, and the democratic deficit in Europe. I have experience teaching across different campuses for courses such as Introduction to Comparative Politics several times along with upper-division electives: Southeast Asian Government & Politics; Research Methods; Model United Nations; 4 Nations, 3 Continents. I have an additional background in advanced pedagogical training and have extensive experience in facilitating workshops on course design, methods of assessment, active learning, and diversity training.

For more about our PhD program at UC Irvine, please watch our department video.

If you are an individual seeking advice on applying to graduate school or fellowships, 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. 

I 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 fighting for women in leadership (Women SPEAK; SPARK Leadership), global youth involvement (AIDemocracy), & alumni engagement with my alma mater (ULVMUNAA). I am the proud owner of 3 dogs, Duchess, Princess, & Peaches who all maintain a strong stage presence during review sessions in my courses. I can be found nursing my affinity for caffeine at local coffee shops across Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Orange County when I am not in my office, albeit rarely.

My favorite novel is “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell. Reading the opening chapter of “Imagined Communities” by Benedict Anderson in a Comparative Politics course during the Spring of 2013 was what initiated my PhD quest.