What are some of your interests outside of school?:
In Iowa, I love disc golfing in the fall and ice fishing in the winter; when home back in California, I like mountain climbing in the Sierras or combing tidepools along the beach. Anytime, I love adventuring abroad outside the US (meeting new people, discovering various perspectives on life), finding hole-in-the-wall restaurants, listening to live music in coffeeshops, getting into theological debates, harvesting honey from beehives, and eating sushi.
Who is your most significant mentor?:
Two individuals have been very important mentors to me in my graduate work at Iowa. The first is Michelene Pesantubbee, a scholar who marvelously modeled how to use both historical data and theory. Her commitment to challenging dominant historical narratives - by allowing the perspectives of the marginalized to be heard - brought life and elasticity to the study of history. The second is my current advisor, Raymond Mentzer, whose passion for social history in the early modern era opened doors for my own dissertation topic. His balance of rigorous scholarship and exceptional teaching have been an inspiration to me.
What is your favorite Iowa City/Coralville Restaurant?:
Are there any challenges you have faced as a graduate student at Iowa?:
Perhaps the greatest challenge has simply been the balancing of life. Graduate school is far more than simply classes and a dissertation: there are conference papers to be written and presented, articles to be published, student colleagues to be mentored, fellowships to be applied for, job searches to be conducted, and so forth – and this is only academic-related activities! To remain healthy and balanced, I have had to work hard to make time for family, friends, religious community, exercise, and hobbies.