I am a sociologist with interests in race and migration, global and transnational sociology, ethnography, and critical service learning.

My dissertation, “Ambivalent Diasporics: High-Skilled ‘Return’ Migration and Social Change in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam” ¬†follows the family, friendship, and work lives of high-skilled ‘return’ migrants in long-term jobs in Vietnam, their parents’ ancestral homeland, and how the migrants’ presence in global firms and international nongovernmental organizations, media/arts and entertainment industries in Vietnam reveals their ambivalent sense of belonging as neither locals or foreigners.

My participant observation fieldwork and semi-structured interviews took place in 2004, 2008, and 2010 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Many aspects of my social biography involve international and regional migration.

Currently, I am a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington Southeast Asia Center, Jackson School of International Studies. I live in Seattle, Washington, with my family.

(updated January 2017)