For we have been socialized to respect fear more than our own needs for language and definition, and while we wait in silence for that final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us.
- Audre Lorde
I still remember vividly the pages of my mother’s notebook, filled with poems she had written when she was a teenager growing up during post-war Vietnam. It is because of her and this notebook that writing has always been my love and means of survival. Later on, I owe my desire to study contentious politics, social change, and political sociology to the story of Diane Nash and her Freedom Riders.
I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Broadly, my research looks at the intersection of culture/ideology and political behaviors—both electoral and extra-institutional. Funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, my master’s thesis examined how ideological imprinting, or formative exposure to grassroots models of mobilization, shape activists’ understanding of their own work and influence their long-term trajectories (e.g., decisions to exit certain social movement organizations). Currently, my dissertation investigates race and political alignments of non-white minorities. I use both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in my work.
Outside of academia, I enjoy swimming and cheering on the Yankees.