I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Minnesota. I am originally from San Francisco Bay Area and completed my undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. I have been fortunate enough to spend the first portion of my adult life overseas in various study/work programs. I lived in Seoul, South Korea (2005); Tokyo, Japan (2006-2007, 2009-2011); Malang, Indonesia (2012-2013), and Accra, Ghana (2013). While in Japan, I received a master's degree in international relations from Waseda University.

When I was younger, I was very active in the Japanese martial of Kendo, trained at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police (警視庁), qualified for the US Team, and was a top-8 men's finalist in the 2008 US Championships. I began learning how to play the guitar during my PhD as a stress reliever. I can only play a few songs from my favorite artists Elliott Smith and Phoebe Bridgers.

I also have a cute rescue pup named Donut. You can follow us on Instagram.