I am from Detroit, Michigan and spent my teenage years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During my studies in Anthropology and English at Bowdoin College, I explored how humans express differences in their lived experiences to each other. I was a recipient of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, through which I studied how storytelling can facilitate communication across differences in the context of school district community engagement. My professional experiences after Bowdoin solidified and honed my commitment to serving people while introducing me to the intersections of law, community engagement, and the American immigration system. During my PhD in Social Anthropology, I will build on my MPhil research and continue learning about the relationship between legal systems and immigrant communities in Detroit (USA) and Windsor (Canada). By researching immigration law, legal consciousness, and how undocumented immigrants form collective identity, I hope to elevate immigrant voices and promote the autonomy of immigrant communities. I am honoured to be a part of the Gates Cambridge community, where we all strive to learn how to serve people better.
University of Cambridge Social Anthropology 2022
Bowdoin College Anthropology, English 2018