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I am a PhD Candidate in the Urban Education program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. My research agenda focuses on the nonprofit education of adult immigrants. I moved to New York in 2014 and quickly fell in love with the dynamic, progressive culture and people of this city. 

I have a background in applied linguistics, and specialize in bilingual education, second/additional language acquisition, and adult ESL. I am an adjunct professor at Hunter and City Colleges, where I teach graduate-level courses to NYC Teaching Fellows working in New York public schools.

In my life outside of academia, I volunteer with immigrant rights organizations that support undocumented individuals and their families as they struggle for rights and recognition. In my spare time I like to read speculative fiction, cook vegan meals, and get my norepinephrine and endorphins pumping with environmental conditioning.