While I have been a permanent resident of the United States for the past six years, I am from the Philippines.  So, I am an example of that which I have come here to study: the migration patterns and purposes of Filipinos and the domestic and international policies which enable this process. For instance, the relationship between labor practices in the global economy and national education programs in the Philippines is most apparent in the growth of migrant medical providers.


Education was what initially brought me to the U.S.  After completing high school at the International School of Manila, I attended Clark University ( Worcester, MA) for both my B.A. (International Development and Social Change, with concentrations in Women’s Studies and Communications) and my M.A. (International Development and Social Change, with emphasis on Gender and Development).  My research focus has always been inward and outward, for both scholarly and personal reasons.


Education itself, both as personal process and as infrastructural programs, is the glue that held my extended work experience together.  In recent years, I have worked at institutions of higher education in the U.S.  My professional life in the U.S. began as an academic advisor/tutor/resident dean at Landmark College ( Putney, VT), and then continued in positions at Keene State College ( Keene, NH).  At Keene State, my own international experiences were truly enabled and enriched.  I was most recently the Assistant Director of the International/National Exchange office there, where I was challenged with the programmatic and systematic tasks of both entreating students to study abroad and welcoming visiting scholars and students to the campus.  In addition to these recent work experiences, I have worked in the U.S. and the Philippines with education programs related to the areas of international migration, violence against women, social and environmental justice, militarization, HIV/AIDS, cultural diversity, learning disabilities and international education.



This doctoral program represents a bridging of my interests in international development and education, for which CIE and UMass are uniquely equipped to incubate for me.  I am looking forward to sharing ideas and learning from other students, colleagues and faculty as I move through the program


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