My path to college teaching wound through a decade of newspaper reporting. My experiences covering current events, including riots, protests, politics, crime, community, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires in the Los Angeles area, ultimately led me to the field of holistically studying humans and culture and cultural variation. While earning my doctoral degree in Anthropology with an emphasis in Women’s Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, I studied the development of non-profit and community-centered domestic violence organizations in California founded by South Asian immigrant women. Prior to this path, I earned bachelor’s degrees in French Language and in Semiotics at Brown University and a Master’s degree in Journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Since coming to Bellevue College as adjunct faculty in 2015, my goal as an anthropology instructor has been to integrate current events into my curriculum and foster critical thinking among students as we engage with topics of social justice, culture, race, gender, belief in the supernatural, and other aspects of being human. In any given quarter, I may be teaching Cultural Anthropology, American Life and Culture, Sex, Gender and Culture, Religion and Culture, or Survey of Anthropology. Any of these courses find me happy to come to campus or go online and work with students with a focus on student success, cultural awareness and competence, and acknowledging their experiences. While tackling controversial or polarized issues, I encourage my students to have respectful discussions and critically express their positions or thoughts. As a mom of a student in college and another in high school, I understand their busy lives.
I am excited to curate the Faculty Commons’ SharePoint teaching and learning initiative by collecting resources and connecting with faculty so the Bellevue College community can discover, share, and review teaching tips, strategies, and ideas about teaching both in the classroom and online.