artist, educator, writer.




Expanding both heart and mind, engaged pedagogy makes us better learners because it asks us to embrace and explore the practice of knowing together, to see intelligence as a resource that can strengthen our common good. –bell hooks


Following in bell hooks’ footsteps, I see teaching as a practice of collectively imagining and moving beyond stagnant ways of learning and knowing “to see intelligence as a resource” for our common good. I strive for my students to become critical thinkers and creators who see, know, and feel how their actions matter in the world. One of my goals as an educator is to create a supportive environment for this deep learning and exchange to be possible. My teaching philosophy utilizes engaged pedagogy, collaborative learning, and interdisciplinary approaches to critical practice and research to stimulate inquiry and foster critical consciousness in a mutually supportive setting.

My teaching experiences in public schools, museums, and universities have taught me that informal and formal learning settings (i.e., classrooms, galleries, historic sites, media & popular culture, etc.) allow us to see how we participate in our own learning as well as in learning-with-others. Through this process, we can sharpen our awareness of how we are implicated in each others' lives and practice co-listening and co-existing towards a more socially just future. 

Critical Studies for Studio Practice
Art & Politics; Art & Social Justice
Cultural Studies & Visual Culture
Museum Studies and Education

Curriculum design & development
Interdisciplinary methodologies
Socially conscious programming for diverse audiences in formal and informal learning settings
Community engagement



  • Assistant Professor, Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT

    • Senior Painting Seminar (Fall 2018)

    • Unmaking Art, Unmaking Self: Women of Color Feminist Creative Practices (Spring 2019)

  • Lecturer, Department of American Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

    • Art and Social Change, Writing & Hawaiian/Asian/Pacific Island Issues Intensive (Summer 2018)

    • Museum Interpretations, Writing Intensive (Summer 2018)

  • Lecturer, Department of Art & Art History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

    • Theory and Criticism of Art: Critical Studies for Studio Practice (Summer & Fall 2014; Spring & Summer 2015)

  • Graduate Assistant, Department of American Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

    • American Cultures and the Arts [Sole Instructor of Record], Writing Intensive (Fall 2013)

    • American Cinema, Writing Intensive (Fall 2012; Spring 2015)

    • Religion in America, Oral Intensive (Spring 2013)

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Art & Design, University of New Haven, New Haven, CT

    • Illustration (Fall 2009)

    • Drawing I (Spring 2010)

    • Foundational Design (Spring 2010)

  • Teaching Assistant, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT (2009)

    • Visual Thinking (Spring 2009)

  • Teaching Assistant, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI (2001-2004)

    • Drawing Foundations (Fall 2001)

    • 3D Foundations (Spring & Fall 2002; Spring & Fall 2003; Spring 2004)



  • Associate Curator of Education, Shangri La: A Museum of Islamic Art, Culture, and Design, Honolulu, HI (2017-2018)

  • Teaching Artist, Dwight Hall at Yale: Center for Public Service and Social Justice, New Haven, CT (2009-2010)

  • Wurtele Gallery Teacher, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT (2007-2009)

  • Artist in Residence, Empire State Partnerships, New York State Council on the Arts (Summer 2007)

  • Teaching Artist, Young Audiences New York, New York, NY (2006-2007)

  • Museum Educator, Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY (2005-2007)

  • English Teaching Assistant, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Fellowship, Hanbada Middle School, Busan, South Korea (2004-2005)