- Research Interests/Specializations
- Critical heritage studies
- Race, space and the law
- Militarism, war and national parks
- Infrastructure histories and empire building
- Critical prison studies and carceral geography
- Social movements and redress campaigns
- Indigenous critique and settler colonial studies
- Archipelagic American studies and Pacific Canadian studies
- M.Arch (Post-Professional), Urban Design and Housing, McGill University
- MLA (Professional) Landscape Architecture, University of Guelph
- MLA-Exchange, Coursework in M.Sc. Architectural Conservation, University of Edinburgh
- B.Arts Sc. Arts and Science and Art History, McMaster University
I am a practicing historical landscape architect / landscape historian studying historic preservation (U.S.) and heritage conservation (Canada) law as it intertwines with redress, reconciliation and recognition politics in the Hawai'ian archipelago, in the Pribilof Island chain and Southeast Alaska, and in interior British Columbia.
My dissertation positions Asian North American transborder redress circuits and subsequent community organizing and lobbying for the preservation/commemoration of transpacific World War II confinement landscapes (such as prisoner-of-war camps, labor camps and other wartime carceral spaces) alongside native/indigenous struggles for title to land, sovereignty and demilitarization in two former U.S. territories and Canada's westernmost province.
For Fall 2018, I am a Graduate Student In Residence at UC Berkeley's Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI) and an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco's MA Urban and Public Affairs Program.
For Spring 2019, I am a Visiting Graduate Researcher at University of Victoria's Landscapes of Injustice (Center for Asia-Pacific Initiatives + Centre for Global Studies) and the Faculty of Law (Aboriginal Governance and Indigenous Legal Orders) in British Columbia, Canada.
- Courses Taught
I possess experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in studio and non-studio (history/theory) at the university level. Outside the university, I continue to be involved with teaching children, youth and adults in settings as diverse as museums, botanical gardens, arts and cultural centers and correctional facilities. Please see CV for previous teaching experience.