Featured Research Work
Kolektiv Goluboy Vagon: a cultural-political collective (2018-Present)
Brief: A multi-year, original qualitative research project on queer Soviet Jewish immigrants' relationships to race and assimilation in the US.
Challenge: I approached "whiteness" as a racial construct that is both in-process and contested. To interrogate the ways whiteness has worked from 1980s-present, I used the case study of Soviet Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants, a group whose migration took them from racial othering to racial power, via middle class whiteness. I asked: How have queer members of this group negotiated racialized assimilation? And, what is the potential of collective learning for de-assimilation and justice-oriented growth?
Live, virtual group study: I led 23 participants in co-facilitating 12 live, virtual co-learning sessions and focus groups (on Zoom, pre-pandemic). I gathered ethnographic data and wrote memos on these sessions.
Pre- and post-program surveys with 23 participants
Post-program evaluative interviews with 11 participants
Long-form qualitative interviews (6 hours per person) with 7 participants
Thematic coding, data triangulation, and theme generation
original, book-length manuscript (download full pdf and/or illustrated table of contents)
40+ person cultural-organizing collective, including a 7-person organizing team and a collectively-generated internal curriculum
Artifact production, including 76 page color zine publication, over 400 copies sold worldwide
two peer-reviewed articles (in publication)
Cuentos Para Dormir : children's books on deportation (2015-Present)
Brief: Evaluation of children's books and accompanying curriculum guide on deportation and family separation
Challenge: I first developed and ran a participatory literacy project with parents deported to Tijuana, MX, resulting in the self-publication of nine children's books allegorizing the parent-authors' lived experiences of deportation and family separation. Then, Dr. Edward Olivos (University of Oregon) and I set out to evaluate three of the books and an accompanying discussion guide, to better understand their usability in classrooms and libraries.
Survey design and analysis of quantitative and qualitative survey data from 50 educators (teachers, librarians, principals) to evaluate the usability of the books and guide for grades K-6
We generated a set of considerations and recommendations, some of which were implemented in the subsequent professional publication of one of the books
We published two peer-reviewed research papers on the project: Cuentos Para Dormir: Bedtime Stories by Deported Parents (2017) and Learning About Immigration, Deportation, and Family Separation from Picturebooks (2021)
User Research (Evaluation), Learning Management System, UC Berkeley (2015-2021)
Brief: Evaluation of collaborative user tools (SuiteC) for Canvas, UC Berkeley's online learning management system
Challenge: I participated in a research team in the Graduate School of Education that developed and evaluated collaborative tools for more engaged virtual education among undergraduate students. The pandemic-induced move online exacerbated the need for meaningful and connected asynchronous online learning, leading us to evaluate tools including the Whiteboard and Impact Studio.
Gathering and analysis of video data, user backend data, and qualitative interviews through thematic coding and data triangulation for 30 users to evaluate "whiteboard" tool
Qualitative interviews, surveys, thematic coding, and data triangulation (interviews/backend data/artifacts) to evaluate "Impact Studio" tool
Creation of the online/hybrid Education minor
University stakeholder presentation: "The Power of Suite C Tools for Student Learning," with Dr. Glynda Hull, Dr. Erin Murphy-Graham, Devanshi Unadkat, Jessica Adams
Data generated for National Science Foundation report
Co-authored peer-reviewed paper and two conference presentations
User Research (Evaluation), Museum of Photographic Arts (2014-2015)
Brief: The arts-based participatory research program YouthVoiceCollaborative aimed to provide museum leadership and staff with evaluative feedback from a historically excluded audience: youth of color
Challenge: The museum set out to learn, from young people themselves, how they experienced and re-imagined the museum, toward the goal of better serving local and historically excluded audiences.
I designed and managed three six month iterations of the program, partnering with Media Arts Center and San Diego to engage 7-12 participants per cycle
Research methods included pre and post-visit focus groups, museum maps, and participatory filmmaking (with media arts partners), as well as presentations to museum staff
Museum senior leadership and staff attended three film screenings and Q&A discussions with the youth artists/researchers, viewing 21+ short films evaluating and re-imagining the museum
The program generated critical discussion during staff meetings and a set of recommendations for changes, to be considered in the strategic plan and operations