Personal Statement:

I am a PhD student in education with emphases in applied linguistics and cognitive science. I am interested in how we learn, especially the relationship between language and memory. I have been a teacher for over 12 years, including teaching world history at Guangxi Normal University in Guilin, China for six years.

I like pondering, exploring, climbing, camping, and making new friends from around the world. I grew up playing in the creeks and forests of Northern Virginia outside DC and have been vegan since 1999. I enjoy a wide variety of music from jazz to country to reggae to classical to edm. I graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon with a BA in philosophy, during which I did a semester with NOLS and then spent two terms in Guilin, China. After graduation, I moved back to Guilin where I taught ESL for the next 13 years, served as the director of international staff at a university for five years, earned a master’s degree in teaching Chinese, and in 2009 my brother and I founded the Chinese Language Institute (CLI) to share our love of Chinese language and culture. Since then, we have had over 2,000 students from 46 countries study with us in Guilin. I lived in Denver for two years before starting my PhD studies at UCSB, and I quickly fell in love with Santa Barbara while riding my bike around town.

Courses Taught:

World History 2C – TA (Fall 2019)

World History 2A – TA (Winter 2020)

American People 17C – TA (Spring 2020)