I know several lives worth living.

Mary Oliver

I was born in Transylvania, the Hungarian region of Romania. I spent my childhood and early teen years under the shadow of a dictator, arriving to the United States as a political refugee (ask me about dancing for Ceaușescu... it's a funny story). To finance my education after aging out of foster care, 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 night security guard, factory worker, house cleaner, emergency room coordinator, martial arts instructor and acupuncturist. I additionally spent nearly 10 years in various leadership positions in the non-profit sector.

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 that shaped 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 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, hiking, photography, painting, 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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