I am a third-year PhD student in Social Welfare at UCLA, where I study youth civic engagement with Professor Laura Wray-Lake. The majority of my research focuses on social media as a context for youth sociopolitical and critical consciousness development. I have been awarded UCLA's Graduate Research Mentorship Award, the Frank D. Gilliam, Jr. Social Justice Award, and the Bedari Kindness Institute Summer Graduate Fellowship.
Previously I worked with international nonprofits to evaluate and strengthen their programs. In 2018 I conducted research with 3,200+ leading social entrepreneurs and young changemakers around the world with Ashoka's Impact Team. I have facilitated or evaluated youth empowerment projects through Americorps Public Allies (US), the Resilience Advocacy Project (US), Mathematica Policy Research (Global), Ashoka (India), and Make a Difference (India).
When I’m not doing literature reviews or reading up on statistics, you can probably find me exploring parks or working on a photography project!