A native of Seattle, WA, I received my B.A. in Sociology & American Ethnic Studies (Concentration: African-American Studies) from the University of Washington- Seattle in 2009. I received my M.A. in Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Middle Tennessee State University in 2013. I earned my PhD in Sociology at the University of Cincinnati in 2021.

My academic success is, in part, due to the consistent support I’ve received from various programs, mentors, and funders throughout the years. As a first-generation college student, I’ve benefited from the University of Washington’s Upward Bound and Making Connections college-prep programs, I received the College Success Foundation’s Washington State Achiever’s Scholarship, and I also earned the Costco Diversity Scholarship.

Outside of exercising my sociological imagination, I enjoy cooking, traveling, knitting, spending time with family and friends, and caring for my two pet turtles, Flash and Titan.
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