I am a native of Detroit, Michigan USA. I have served as an EFL/ESL(English as a Foreign/Second Language) teacher for the past 7 years and am currently a PhD student of Second Language Education at Carnegie Mellon University.
I have taught English in Brazil, India and most recently in Taiwan where I taught English for three years and served as a TEFL trainer and advisor for the Fulbright Program for two.
My research interests center on the shifting identity and investment of English Language learners as they navigate the complex and dynamic linguistic and cultural communities in which they have desire to participate in and integrate into.
I received a B.A. in English from Howard University (2012), earned an M.A. in TESOL from The University of Southern California (USC) in 2014, and am a Fulbright and Gates Millennium Scholar.
In addition to my doctoral studies at Carnegie Mellon, I am a former Bunton-Waller fellowship awardee and am passionate about conducting research that will bring about social change to empower those who look like me.