I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Grinnell College, with affiliations in American Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies. I study social movements and revolutions, migrant politics, race and ethnicity, and media discourse from a global and transnational perspective. Methodologically, I am interested in interpretive qualitative design to understand people’s meaning-making processes. 

I have published my research in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Ethnic and Migration StudiesMobilizationEthnic and Racial StudiesMass Communication and SocietySociology Compass, and Asian Survey. My book project, tentatively titled Contentious Migrants: How Protests Create A Diaspora, argues that diasporas are outcomes, rather than causes or agents, of transnational mobilization. I have received generous grants and fellowships from the National Science FoundationNational Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Philosophical Society to complete her project.

I have also started a new research, which investigates the social origins of political conservatism and support for right-wing policies among Filipino immigrants in the U.S. and the Netherlands.

Born and raised in the Philippines, I was a child during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. I remained there as researcher with the Third World Studies Center for seven years, where I was involved in projects investigating the global justice movement in Southeast Asia. Afterwards, I received a Fulbright scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in social sciences, with emphasis on demographic and social analysis at the University of California, Irvine. I received my PhD in Sociology, with Certificate in Cultural Studies, from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016.

Apart from my professional activities, I love to travel, often to places off the beaten path. I enjoy cooking and dream of one day opening a restaurant called “Gastro-Anomie.”