I am an Assistant Research Scientist at UC, Riverside’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) in the Air Quality Measuring and Exposure Lab. At UC Riverside, I am also a Research Associate at the Institute of Research on World-Systems. For the academic year 2019-2020, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Pomona College. [Link to CV]
I defended my doctoral thesis May 31, 2018 and currently hold a PhD in Sociology from the University of Neuchâtel, Magna Cum Laude. 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.
I am trained in macro-comparative quantitative research methods and utilize case studies and other qualitative research tools to draw out the complex connections that exist within the modern capitalist interstate system. In general, I am interested in structural inequality broadly, focusing on development, climate change, air pollution exposure disparities, as well as how the exploitative economic systems informs racism and othering.
Areas of Research and Interests: Development (policies and theories, small island development, climate change, citizenship); Structural and Global Inequality (structural inequality, stratification of the world-economy, race and power); Africa-China relations; Global Governance; Class Analysis (class formation, precarity); Transnationalization; Community Health (socioeconomic disparities and air pollution exposure, the Inland Empire)
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!