39 Kalamazoo, United States
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What I’m doing with my life
I left Los Angeles to take a position at Kalamazoo College. I'm passionate about politics and I love teaching so its a pretty cool gig. Prior to becoming a professor, I spent ten years teaching in South-Central and Northeast LA. I love those kids and often look back fondly on my experience.

When I'm not working I like to spend time with my friends, enjoying a nice meal or a good beer, or finding other ways to explore my new home. I love music, so you'll always find me with ear buds in, planning my next show, or at a concert. Finally, I love to travel. I've traveled extensively throughout the US (would like to eventually visit all of the National Parks), Europe, and South America. I'm always thinking about my next trip...
I’m really good at
Meeting new people
Forgetting appointments
Seeing the good in people
Traveling without an itinerary
Cooking up a feast
Finding the humor in things
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: ‎1984, Black Boy, Invisible Man, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Middlesex, Autobiography of Malcolm X, March, Things Fall Apart, The Grapes of Wrath, A Confederacy of Dunces, Cold Mountain; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Movies: A Beautiful Mind; Usual Suspects; Last King of Scotland; Into the Wild; Ken Burn's: Civil War; Malcolm X; As Good As It Gets; No Country for Old Men; Garden State; Life is Beautiful; the Motorcycle Diaries; Pan's Labrynth; Glory

Shows: The Wire; Mad Men; Breaking Bad; Seinfield; Fargo; House of Cards; Arrested Development; Frontline

Old School/Underground Hip Hop: Mos Def; Talib Kweli; Common; Tribe; Nas; Gang Starr; Pete Rock & CL Smooth; KRS-One; Blues Scholars; K'Naan; the Roots; KOS; Jurassic 5; MURS; Common Market; Ozomatli

Indie Music: Mumford & Sons; Of Monsters and Men; Lumineers; Radiohead; Vampire Weekend; Iron & Wine; Regina Spector; Two Day Cinema Club; Black Keys; the Strokes

Food: Thai; Indian; BBQ; Vietnamese; Indian; Dim Sum; Seafood; A good burger; breakfast joints; a cool coffee shop
The six things I could never do without
Pandora music
People that make me think and laugh
USC Trojan Football and Villanova Basketball
A good book
My blender...smoothies!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Since I'm an academic I spend a great deal of time thinking about politics or designing my next lecture. I'm particularly passionate about matters of inequality and discrimination. Despite this I swear I'm an optomist!

When I'm relaxing, I'm thinking about the next country I want to visit, national park I want to explore, or concert I'd like to attend.
On a typical Friday night I am
Dinner and a movie with friends; sharing a drink with friends; firing up the grill in my back yard; catching-up on Netflix; playing trivia at a local bar; catching a show
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I can be the stereotypical "absent minded professor" at times. I've been known to lapse into ditsy behavior on occasion; however, on the plus-side I'm not afraid a laugh at myself.