I grew up in Waukegan, IL and traveled eastward for college. While I initially intended to study biomedical engineering, I took an anthropology and a geography course that stirred me toward the social sciences. My research interests are in the queer geography of sexuality, racial formation, queer people of color critiques, feminist geopolitics, and care ethics. I’ve done research in Miami, FL, Brazil, and the Czech Republic on queer spaces, accessibility, and social movements. I’ve worked for a number of non-profits, usually specifically focusing on education and/or human rights. In grad school, I strive to combine my passion for both activism and research. Outside of geography, I’m known as a sedentary creature: I am an avid reader, television viewer, board gamer, and video game player. When I’m not secluding myself indoors, I enjoy playing volleyball, exploring restaurants, visiting parks, and swimming.
I am interested in the UndocuQueer movement. Specifically, I seek to understand how UndocuQueers use care ethics to navigate spatial configurations of political, social, and cultural exclusion. The project's goal is to provide for alternative ways of understanding political while offering practices for other activists to seek material change.