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I stumbled across a sociology elective taught by Dr. Molly Talcott as an undeclared undergraduate. This was the first time I was provided sociological tools to frame my experiences growing up in South Central Los Angeles in a structural context. As such, in my courses and lectures I draw on contemporary examples and multiple sources of knowledge to make concepts and theories applicable to students’ lived experiences. This approach incorporates both individuals and institutions to integrate an analysis of power. For this reason, I rely on discussions, movie and YouTube clips, music and music videos, current events, popular culture, and the knowledge students bring to the classroom and sociology.

I have taught and served as Teaching Assistant at UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, and California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). From 2013-2016, I led first-year undergraduate seminars at CSULA, where I now teach a Sociology of Education graduate seminar.

Sociology of Education Graduate Seminar

This course introduces students to the sociology of education and examines a range of topics related to schooling experiences, equity, and inequality across educational systems. In particular, we explore equity and inequality with an emphasize on race, gender, class, immigration, culture, and how they intersect to impact educational experiences.

Teaching Interests

Gender and Masculinity; Social Movements; Education; Race and Racial Capitalism; Sociological Theory; Du Boisian Sociology; Carceral Studies; Children and Youth; Research Methods; Urban Sociology

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