is a Doctoral Candidate in Geography at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). He is currently writing his dissertation and working for the Graduate Center Digital Fellows Program.
I am a Geography doctoral candidate in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Program at the City University of New York Graduate Center. My work crosses the fields of political economic geography, environmental justice and environmental governance, critical race and ethnic studies, American studies, and Asian American studies. My dissertation research looks at the institutionalization of environmental and racial knowledges within the modern capitalist state as a spatialized form of biopolitics.
Prior to my graduate study, I spent several years working as an environmental engineer, designing and monitoring systems used in the cleanup of various pollutants from the soil and groundwater at sites throughout Southern California. This experience exposed me to the inner workings of environmental policy administration as well as the ways in which language and knowledge are used as tools of both domination and resistance within these spheres.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College, in Claremont, CA. During my undergraduate education, I was heavily involved with the Claremont Colleges Asian American studies program and worked to create an Asian Pacific Islander mentoring program at Harvey Mudd. This work heavily influenced my ongoing involvement in social justice activism related to labor, transportation, immigration, and the environment.
I was born and raised in, and remain deeply committed to, Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley.
My work crosses the fields of political economic geography, environmental justice and environmental governance, critical race and ethnic studies, American studies, and Asian/Pacific/American studies.
My dissertation project looks at the institutionalization of environmental and racial knowledges within the modern capitalist state. More specifically, I am developing a geographical history of environmental impact assessment, a public policy mechanism for incorporating environmental thinking into political decision making processes. The project considers EIA through in terms of the capitalist racial state, biopolitics, environmental justice, and U.S. Empire.
At the 2013 Association for Asian American Studies conference, I presented a working paper that highlights some of the research and theoretical frameworks going into my dissertation. A copy of this working paper can be viewed here.
Other research interests include social movements, financialization and risk, critical mapping and GISc, and Marxist urban political ecology.
I previously worked on research with Drs. Juliana Maantay and Andrew Maroko at Lehman College, related to the environmental justice aspects of park access within New York City. From this work, I was the lead author on a peer-reviewed journal article discussing some of the findings, and more significantly, the methodological considerations of this type of research using various GISc techniques.
I see my role in the classroom as an inseparable extension of my scholar-activist work around issues of social justice. My approach to education as liberatory practice emphasizes content-area knowledge, theoretical engagement, individuals’ experiences, communicating ideas, and diverse applications of knowledge. I see these as the pillars supporting students in understanding, imagining, and making the world they want to see. To this end, I am constantly working to develop and incorporate different pedagogical methods to scaffold these pillars of knowledge in meaningful and engaging ways. In practice this translates to things such as rigorous reading, in-class presentations, small-group discussions and writing activities, interactive web-based reading responses, ad-hoc research exercises, peer feedback, collaborative writing, informal short-form writing assignments, and engagement with individuals and organizations beyond the classroom.
As a geographer, one of my preoccupations is to engage the literal translation of the term geographia, or the writing of the world, both in terms of producing descriptive understandings of the world, and the active practice of inscribing the world I want to see. As a teacher of geography, then, I see my responsibility as helping students develop the tools to better understand the world in terms of the spatial aspects of its social metabolisms. That is, the ways in which people unevenly relate to each other and to their environments through spatialized practices of production and consumption, domination and resistance.