Encouraging creative transformation.
My research interests are focused on relationships within systems through the lens of trauma, especially within the context of torture. Additionally, my research focuses on how human beings navigate through networks of violence, conflict and disastrous events. I am fascinated by intersections and have worked closely with people who inhabit and dwell within subjectivities that require them to navigate through treacherous landscapes of violation, dehumanization and transgression. I employ a number of mixed methods study designs with an eye toward community-based participatory research processes.
Teaching is a privilege that I take seriously. I appreciate highly interactive, supportive but critically engaged pedagogical approaches that push students to work through challenging cases, real like examples, meaningful exercises and readings that highlight specific learning objectives. I enjoy classrooms where debate and exchange not only support knowledge acquisition but invite students to care for each others' learning and evolution over the course of time. I also believe in teaching applied skills that connect to sociocultural and philosophical theories in order to re-imagine solutions to intractable problems.
As a student of theology, I have been finding ways to integrate spiritual practices and methods into public health intervention design and implementation. Additionally, I am seeking ordination after divinity studies in order to continue my community ministry.