I am a Research Associate at the Institute of Research on World-Systems at the University of California, Riverside. I defended my doctoral thesis May 31, 2018 and currently hold a PhD in Sociology from the University of Neuchâtel, Magna Cum Laude. I was a Teaching Assistant and Collaborator at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Neuchâtel.

My doctoral project focused on global economic stratification as it relates to the rise of China and its impact on various regions in the Global South. Trained in macro-comparative quantitative research methods as well as case study work, my research project is concerned with questions of development and/or lack thereof of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and other nations within the stratified world economy. My other areas of study and interests include transnationalization, citizenship and race and gender disparities.

I received my MA in Political Science from the University of Lausanne. My MA thesis examined the evolution of Tocqueville’s writings on the issues of race and inequality.

I received my BA in Government from Claremont McKenna College. My BA thesis dealt with the welfare reforms under the Clinton Administration.

I am a proud alumna of Santa Monica College; an immigrant; and first generation college graduate!