who i am

Hello! If you’ve found this website you’re clearly very bored, so I’ll do my best to entertain you. To give you an idea of who I am, here are a few words about me. Eccentric. Nerdy. Enthusiastic. Silly. Okay, okay — you get the picture. The gist of it is that I’m a team player. I love people. I live for meetings. My interpersonal skills are so strong that my local barista knows me by name, the local bookstore occasionally gifts me free books, and the folks at my favorite bakery often throw in a cookie just because. Seriously, I’m great with people.

I’m even better at writing.

I’ve been doing the professor thing for the past several years now. You might scoff and make a joke about ivory towers…but here’s what that means in broad terms:

I’ve been teaching First-Year Writing since I was a grad student. Translation: I have 10+ years of intense copyediting experience.

I have published scholarly articles with recognized journals in my field. Translation: I can write well. I can use industry jargon just as well as I can write in lively and engaging ways.

I am also a published creative writer. Translation: I can write for an audience. I can change my style, my form, my tone. I am a word chameleon. Writing is fun, and good writing makes reading fun, too!

Diversity and Inclusion is central to what I do. Translation: I’m well versed in the theory and praxis of diversity work — I’ve taught Intro to US Ethnic Studies and Intro to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses, organized and facilitated diversity trainings and workshops for faculty and staff, and fostered partnerships with community organizations in these areas. Diversity is my wheelhouse!

I have taught 15 differently themed literature courses (ranging from US Ethnic Science Fiction to Indigenous Literatures of Oceania). Translation: I have ideas! (So many ideas!) I will never run out of words, which is a pretty damn useful skill. I can generate content like nobody’s business!

I’ve delivered countless presentations of original thinking at national and international conferences in indigenous studies, Asian American studies, ethnic literatures, women’s studies, and more. Translation: I have excellent and well-honed public speaking, written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills. I say words, and I say them eloquently, yo!