I know several lives worth living.

Mary Oliver

While I am not the same Boroka as the 'self-segmenting viscera sucker of Zambales', I was born in Transylvania. I spent my childhood living under the shadow of a dictator as a member of a marginalized minority group, arriving to the United States as a political refugee. To finance my undergraduate education, I tried my hand at multiple occupations. Some of my favorites were working in a bookstore and as a counselor of foster youth, though I also think fondly of the years I worked as a special education coordinator, factory worker, graphics designer, martial arts instructor, acupuncturist, and tech startup founder (often concurrently juggling multiple roles).

Through all my adventures in work and life, I found myself turning to the social sciences in an effort to understand the larger structural forces shaping my world. My experiences working with marginalized populations led to the realization that my passion lies in socially responsible research and education.


After a foray into Traditional Chinese Medicine, I found my academic home on the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo Ohlone, in the joint PhD Program in Sociology and Demography at the University of California, Berkeley.

When not pondering the minutia of time, I love traveling, photography, painting, dabbling in poetry, rollerblading and playing my didgeridoo.

Every life is inexplicable... 

No matter how many facts are told, no matter how many details are given, the essential thing resists telling.

Paul Auster

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