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I am a researcher, educator, writer, and consultant based in Santa Barbara, California. My research has broadly explored language, race, and identity in education and this is also the focus of the high school, undergraduate, and graduate courses that I teach. Many of the questions I seek to answer have emerged from my own experiences as a heritage language learner, multiracial Asian American, and daughter of immigrants. Whether its college-level Korean, high school English as a Second Language, or any other language learning space, I'm curious about the ways in which societal attitudes and beliefs impact teaching and classroom interaction and the historical contexts that inform those mindsets and practices. I've consulted with school districts and community organizations on projects and workshops to support language justice for linguistically minoritized youth and families. I love collaborating with other folks across disciplines and from different backgrounds and building on our different skills and expertise to come up with creative new ways of promoting equity in language education. 

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Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

Emphasis: Applied Linguistics and Asian American Studies 

University of California Santa Barbara

My research has focused on broadly the intersections of language, race, immigration and education with a specific focus on heritage language learners and students classified as English Learners. At UCSB I work as an instructor in local high schools for the School Kids Investigating Language in Life and Society (SKILLS) Program with students designated as English Learners. 



TESOL and Bilingual Education

Department of Linguistics

Georgetown University 

I entered the program with a desire to teach English but through my coursework on Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Teaching I found that I had interests that extended into Education. With support from faculty and other mentors I refined these interests into research agendas for PhD applications. 



English Language and Literature 

Minor: Korean Studies

University of Maryland College Park

After transferring from the local community college, I was introduced to Linguistics at UMD when I took an introductory class with a professor whose other courses I had enjoyed. Then, as part of my Korean Studies minor, I took Korean Linguistics and realized that I had a passion for studying language and wanted to learn more.

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