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EDUCATION

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PhD, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Expected 2025

Interdepartmental Program in Archaeology
Dissertation: The Archaeology of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Bombon, Camarines Sur, Philippines): Continuities & Changes in the (After)Lives of the Dead in the Early Modern Central Philippines (Proposal)

Advisor: Stephen Acabado, PhD

MA, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

September 2021

BA, Brown University

May 2015

Concentration in Anthropology

Significant Coursework in Archaeology & Education Studies

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RESEARCH & TEACHING

2022 - Present

Bicol Archaeological Project

Research Associate (2022 - Present)
Human Osteology Lab Instructor (2022)

2022

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology

Teaching Assistant: ARCHEOL30: Science in Archaeology (2022)

2021

UCLA Department of Anthropology

Teaching Assistant: ANTHRO2: Archaeology: Introduction (2021)
Reader: ANTHRO118Q: Conquest & Colonialism (2021)

2015 - 2021

Ifugao Archaeological Project (NSF REU Award 1460665)

Research Associate (2019 - 2021)
Writer (2016 - 2019)
Research Assistant (2015)

2014 - 2015

Brown University Department of Anthropology

Senior Teaching Assistant, ANTH 1720: The Human Skeleton (2015)
Teaching Assistant, ANTH 1720: The Human Skeleton (2014)

2013 - 2015

Trade Relations in Northwest Alaska (NSF Award 0908462)

Circumpolar Lab Assistant (2014 - 2015)
Research Assistant (2013)

MEDIA & PUBLICATIONS

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In press

Death & Remembrance: Living/Dead Interactions in Old Kiyyangan Household Necroscapes

Philippine Quarterly of Culture and Society

2021

The Role of OST (Out of School Time) Intermediaries in Contributing to Equitable Learning and Development Ecosystems

December 2014

Igliqtiqsiuġvigruaq [Swift Water Place]

August 2013

Archaeologists Uncover Pre-Contact Inupiat Village Near Kiana

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SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

January 2022

How to Describe your Research & Graduate Work to Employers for Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate
Students & Postdocs

UCLA Career Center

October 2021

How to Maximize Your Time at UCLA: Accomplish your career goals and personal goals while in graduate
school or in a postdoc

UCLA Career Center

April 2021

UCLA Career Center & Cotsen Institute Graduate Student Association of Archaeology

February 2021

Tell us a Bit About Yourself: Explaining your PhD Experience to the Rest of the World

UCLA Career Center

August 2015

Ifugao Archaeological Project End-of-Field Presentations

National Museum of the Philippines

December 2014

The Talking Dead: Integrating Bioarchaeology into the Think Like an Archaeologist Porgram

Community Archaeology Day

AWARDS, GRANTS,& FELLOWSHIPS

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June 2021

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program ($6,000)

UCLA Graduate Division

September 2020

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship ($33,000)

June 2020

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program ($6,000)

UCLA Graduate Division

April 2020

Taiwan Studies Lectureship ($2,500)

UCLA Asia Pacific Center

September 2019

Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship ($100,000)

May 2015

Highest Achievement in Archaeology

Brown University Department of Anthropology

May 2015

Advanced Archaeology Student Paper Prize

May 2014

Summer Support Grant

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

January 2014

Anthropology Research Apprenticeship ($750)

Brown University Department of Anthropology

March 2013

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship ($25,000)

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PROFESSIONAL ROLES & EXPERIENCE

August 2022 - Present

Assistant Director, Masters Students

UCLA Career Center

October 2020 - July 2022

Social Sciences & Humanities Graduate Career Consultant

UCLA Career Center

September 2020 - March 2021

Lunch Speakers Series Program Coordinator

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology

September 2016 - October 2019

Communications & Database Coordinator

Youth Development Executives of King County

August 2015 - June 2016

Senior College Access Program Associate

College Access Now (now College Possible Washington)

September 2011 - May 2015

Student of Color Recruitment Intern & Admitted Students Day Coordinator

Brown University Office of College Admissions

ABOUT

I'm a PhD candidate at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, and my research explores indigenous responses to Spanish colonialism in the early modern Philippines. My dissertation project examines changes in funerary practices, grave goods, and skeletal biology in a cemetery used for over 500 years in the Bicol region of the Philippines.

More broadly, my archaeological work involves qualitative research (interviews, focus groups, and informant feedback) and collaboration with modern, descendant communities to identify the most impactful ways to tell stories about the past.

I'm also the Assistant Director, Masters Students at UCLA's Career Center, where I lead the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of programming and resources designed to address the unique needs and strengths of UCLA's 7000+ master's students. As a career coach, I love using my social scientific training to help clients assess, focus, and align their professional goals and values.


When I'm not digging things up, squinting at old documents, meeting with clients, or tinkering with spreadsheets, you can find me knitting, tending to freshwater fish, attempting side splits, trying to keep my ever-growing collection of tropical plants alive, or watching comfort food TV with Paco, my bulldog mix.

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