My teaching philosophy is grounded in a passion for strengthening students' critical thinking skills and developing their imaginative potential. As we read through "border" voices and scholars, I strive to instill in my students the confidence and skill to shuttle between differing, incomplete, and multifaceted viewpoints that offer complex understandings of ever-changing social realities. My resulting teaching methodologies use the experiences I have gained as a first-generation college student to embrace diverse styles of learning and engagement; I aim to bridge "old" and "new" technologies to allow students to become fully integrated into intellectual genealogies and research agendas which they might otherwise see as out of date or out of reach.
My teaching experience spans social science (Anthropology, Folklore, Ethnic Studies, Geography), technical (software development), and community instructor roles. In addition, I have syllabi prepared for undergraduate and graduate courses in my areas of expertise.
Anthropology R5B: Anthropology of Silicon Valley(s)
Sole Instructor U.C. Berkeley Anthropology, 2017. Open source syllabus.
Ethnic Studies 10AC: A History of Race and Ethnicity in Western North America, 1598-Present
Discussion Leader, U.C. Berkeley Summer Bridge, 2015.
Geography 50AC: California
Workshop Leader, U.C. Berkeley Summer Bridge, 2015.
Chicano Studies 135A: Latino Narrative Film 1950-1980
Graduate Student Reader, U.C. Berkeley Ethnic Studies, 2014.
Anthropology/Folklore 160AC: The Forms of Folklore
Graduate Student Instructor, U.C. Berkeley Folklore Program, 2013.
MIT Global Startup Labs
Lead Technical Instructor, Universidad Anáhuac, Xalapa, Veracruz, México, 2014.
MIT Global Startup Labs
Lead Technical Instructor, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, México, 2013.
Taught courses (basic computer skills, English, graphic design) to adults at a nonprofit organization that helps recent migrants, mostly from Mexico and Central America, navigate the U.S. job market and educational system. Oakland, CA, 2011-2012.
Courses Prepared to Teach
Anthropology of Media, Technology, and Infrastructures
Working the Boundaries; Ethnographic Methods
Experts and Expertise: Language, Communicative Models, and Knowledge Production
Who are the Folk? Folklore Theory and Methods
Latinx/American Studies: Interventions from the Borderlands
Circulation and Mobility of Global Cultural Forms
Future Work (work in the future and work to produce "futures")
Political Meaning and Social Life of Hacks