PhD Designated Emphasis in STSPhD Student, South and Southeast Asian Studies
CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies, Designated Emphasis in STS
M.A. South and Southeast Asian Studies
:: University of California, Berkeley
B.A. Public Health; South and Southeast Asian Studies :: University of California, Berkeley (2010)
My research examines Philippine botanical texts at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries to articulate the tensions that shaped efforts to identify plant life of the archipelago. I approach my research questions through methods from history of science and with the tools of Science & Technology Studies to examine this transition period. Through my project I ask the following: How did Spanish and U.S. botanists describe the flora of the islands? What epistemologies of nature did they incorporate in their systematization and representation of plant life? And while Spanish and English dominated intellectual production, what of Tagalog writings that also attended to matters of Philippine plants?
I am a native of Los Angeles, California. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, I worked as a health educator for a community clinic that specializes in Southeast Asian migrant populations. After arriving to Berkeley, I began my seven-year career with an Oakland-based advocacy organization for the advancement of K-12 school-based health care. While there I took an eight-month sabbatical to intern as a specialist in reproductive health policy for the Center for Women’s Resources and the Gabriela Women’s Partylist in Quezon City, Philippines. What enlivened this time in my life—and remain most grounding—were my ties to transnational political organizing, local labor campaigns, and community theater projects in San Francisco.
last updated: September 6th, 2016