I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Pomona College and a Assistant Research Scientist at UC, Riverside’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) in the Air Quality Measuring and Exposure Lab.
Prior to this I was 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 Scientific Collaborator and Grader 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.
I am trained in macro-comparative quantitative research methods as well as case study work.
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!