Research Interests: Human Rights, Visual Anthropology, Humanitarianism, Refugee Displacement, Immigration, Transnationalism, Intersectionality, Art Therapy, GeoPolitics, Corporate and Internship Culture, Worker Disposability, Labor and Union Law, Indigenous and Minority Economic Justice, Millennial labor, Postmodernism and Activist Ethnography


2017 – Present

Ph.D Student, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, California

2015 M.A Visual Anthropology, magna cum laude

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Thesis: An Exploration of Suspension

2013 B.A Anthropology, magna cum laude

Northridge, Los Angeles, California

Honors and Awards

California Institute of Integral Studies

2017 Hispanic Scholarship Fund

2017 Opportunity Scholarship

2017 Diversity Scholarship

California State University, Northridge

2010 – 2013 Competitive Cal Grants

2010 – 2013 Dean’s List

Professional Training

2014 Anthropological fieldwork for Masters Thesis, California, Nevada, August- December, collected qualitative data to explore sub-community of body modification practices; conducted interviews with practitioners; collected cine ethnographic work alongside participant observation.  

Appointments and Trainings

2017 Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Andrej Grubacic, Anthropology and Social Change, California Institute of Integral Studies  

Professional Organizations

American Anthropological Association

Association of Feminist Anthropology

Association of Latino and Latina Anthropologist

National Association of Student Anthropologist

Society for Cultural Anthropology

Society for Visual Anthropology

United Nations

Human Rights Watch

Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence

International Rescue Committee

Food Not Bombs

Presentations/ Screenings

2014 “Lifted” An Exploration of Suspension, Screening of cine ethnography “Lifted”, Human Cinema Film Festival, California State University, followed by Q & A

2014 “Lifted” An Exploration of Suspension, Premier of cine ethnography “Lifted”,  Master’s Thesis Film premier, University of Southern California

2014 “Lifted and The Practice of Body Modification”, guest speaker, presented, screened and facilitated discussion on suspension and body modification subculture to undergraduate Anthropology course, University of Southern California

2013 “Food Not Bombs: Practicing Food Sustainability”, monthly panel and public discussion, Whittier, California

Graduate Advisors

California Institute of Integral Studies: Dr. Andrej Grubacic (Chair), Dept. of Anthropology

University of Southern California: Joseph Hawkins, Thomas Ward and Jenny Cool Dept. of Anthropology