As a scholar, I research and write about the organizational behavior of universities and use ethnographic writing to make sense of people’s experiences framed within institutional structures. I am fascinated by the ways in which higher education policies and practices can cleave out deep contours to the lives of those who inhabit a university.

My work appears in a number of journals, edited volumes, and policy venues, and has received press coverage from The Chronicle of Higher EducationInside Higher EdTimes Higher Education, and other media outlets. My first bookConstructing Student Mobility: How Universities Recruit Students and Shape Pathways between Berkeley and Seoul, is due out with MIT Press in 2023.

I am a faculty member at Georgetown University, where I am Assistant Professor of the Practice in the School of Continuing Studies and the inaugural Faculty Director of the Master’s in Higher Education Administration.

Additionally, I serve the Journal of International Students as Senior Editor. I am also a former Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholar and Fulbright Fellow to South Korea.

Prior to arriving at Georgetown, I held academic and administrative positions at UC Berkeley, and received my Ph.D. in Education from UCLA.

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