For my M.S. thesis research at MSU I conducted participatory action research in northeastern Michigan. The goal of the research was to better understand the role of place specific narratives and policy discourses in building and sustaining collaborative governance in regional development planning.
I have since entered the Geography Ph.D. program at the University of California, Davis. My dissertation research centers on the political economy of ethnic enclaves. Specifically, I seek to better understand how the refugee Hmong population functions as a social network that directs financial capital to produce trans-regional ethnic enclaves, facilitate cultural reproduction, and reshape urban space.