I am a doctoral student living in NYC and a bourbon-loving slave to one fabulous French Bulldog. I make most of my own meals using these things called vegetables and I love to bake. When I am not having a nervous breakdown over my dissertation (kidding!) or grading, I am at a museum making highly irreverent comments, walking my dog, on a run, having drinks with friends, or going on very long and aggressively fast walks through the city. I love going to comedy clubs and listening to live music, but don't do enough of either activity. My two favorite NYC places are the Highline and Alphabet City, but I frequently dream/pray that I get a teaching job back on the West Coast so that I can put my toes in the Pacific Ocean every morning.
What I’m doing with my life
I am ABD and completing my doctorate. I work as an adjunct professor/teaching assistant/writing consultant for Master's students who are studying religion and theology. My dream is to be the type of professor who inspires people to be their absolute best selves in the world.
I’m really good at
making everyone else at Crossfit feel really great about themselves in comparison ;), hosting people in my apartment, baking vegan desserts that cause even the pickiest of carnivores to salivate (my latest feat is bourbon pecan pumpkin pie), navigating maps and traveling in foreign countries, and having pleasant conversation with strangers.
The first things people usually notice about me
My French Bulldog, Giorgio, who is the most skilled and persistent flirt I have ever encountered.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Presently, only nerdy stuff related to my dissertation. Zanker, Panofsky, Elsner...anything regarding Roman Art and visual exegesis. I read James and the Giant Peach once a year and try to read a guilty pleasure, non-academic book before bed (currently reading Anna Karenina).
Movies: 90s RomComs, baby. Anything but horror films as I still sometimes take a flying leap into my bed at night for fear of the proverbial alligator under the bed!
TV Shows: Scandal, Last Comic Standing, OITNB, The Goodwife, SATC, Grey's Anatomy (yes, still!), CSI: SVU, Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development.
Music: 90s alt/rock, Latin pop, singer-song writer stuff that isn't too sappy, and anything that makes my dog do the butt dance! I once brought him to a party and within five minutes, he was in the middle of a group of people, dancing his little fanny off--hysterical. Okay, okay. Enough about the dog. I get it!
Food: Ethiopian, Indian, Thai, Mexican, and Chipotle (not Mexican, people, but still great enough to earn its own category). I can and will eat anywhere, but I am a vegan (food allergies, but seriously, I'm not a picky person). I can be around others who eat meat, and I do not let my eating restrictions and ethical/political convictions regarding food get in the way of my social life.
The six things I could never do without
-My family and friends
-My snuggly dog
-Spirituality/ethics/connecting with others who think about these things
-Kettle-cooked BBQ potato chips!
-The Pacific Ocean near my Grandparent's home in Seaside, California
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how to inhabit a lifestyle of faith, hope, and love. I am aware of the many privileges I have been given in this life, and I want to be a gracious, humble human being who fights for the full personhood and privileges of others. I love LGBTQ people and think they should marry/be ordained/have full rights. I think women should be ministers and do whatever they want with their lives. I believe that racism is alive and well in the world, and I want people of color to live an existence free from hegemony and paternalism. My faith is important to me, but I am not a fanatic. I love interfaith dialogue and entertaining/embracing ideas that are different from my own—I am a true Gemini in these respects!
I also spend a lot of time thinking about the people I love and trying to be a thoughtful, attentive friend. I love baking special treats for people, and I have an insane greeting card organizer. I call my Mom throughout the week. I have two nieces and four nephews, who think I am an international superstar (they live across the country) and their love melts my heart.
On a typical Friday night I am
having dinner/drinks with friends, hosting a game and dessert night in my home, on a Netflix binge, taking a long walk with the dog, getting kicked out of the Met at closing time, or people watching in one of NYC's amazing parks.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I would be totally embarrassed if anyone looked through my i-Tunes songs!
You should message me if
You think we might have similar interests and something to chat about over casual drinks or coffee. I prefer face-to-face encounters as texts/messages do not gauge chemistry, so do not be offended when I shy away from giving out my number at first--not huge on texting with people I don't know. Thanks for reading my profile!