“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” -Winston Churchill
I am an assistant professor in California State University – Dominguez Hills. After graduating from City University of Hong Kong, I was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information – Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. My BA (International Relations) and MA (Political Science) are from Tec de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Before initiating this academic marathon called life, I worked in the educational sector in Mexico. There, I taught, trained, hired [and fired], did press clippings, organized promotional events for schools, planned international communication with partner universities, and/or ran internal communication with employees, until I switched to research. Whether I crossed to the dark side or vice-versa, depends on the looming deadlines.
I like traveling, watching ballet rehearsals (while eating cookies) and finding toys for my dog back in Mexico.
I am fascinated by the making of art, the behind-the-scenes creative process. So, I love finding related documentaries. My favorite ones are First Position (watching kids describe their passion for ballet gets me back to writing any given day). If that fails, I turn to the Short Game (where kids describe their passion and discipline for golf). If I want variety, I may watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi, where Jiro & sons describe the delicate balance of sushi art (also, a great story of the story of Jiro is the editor‘s one). Lastly, there’s Spotlight: journalists following a story and exposing a thousand-year old institution in six months of research and writing is just unbelievable (also, puts me to shame when I have manuscripts with longer shelf-lives than that!).
If interested in research collaborations or ballet discussions, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.