DISASTER SCIENCE SCHOLAR
Ph. D. CANDIDATE IN SECURITY STUDIES
TEACHING ASSOCIATE OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS


ABOUT ME

I am a Ph. D. Candidate in Security Studies and Teaching Associate of International Relations at the University of Central Florida’s School of Politics Security and International Affairs. I am a public speaker and disaster science scholar with 30+ published policy commentaries.

I am a member of the Disaster and Emergency Research Network, and I am among the researchers and co-founding members of the COVID-19 Working Group for Public Health and Social Sciences Research: Emergency Management and Policy Analysis in a Pandemic.

As a researcher, I investigate how communities can better prepare for, respond to, and recover from crises, disasters, and public health emergencies. I adopt a multi-discipline approach that combines political science, public policy, sociology, and security studies. I have expertise in data analysis, grant writing, project management, and multi-method research involving qualitative, quantitative, and spatial analysis. My geographical areas of interest are North and Latin America, especially the Caribbean area.

As an instructor, I encourage my students to think critically, and I challenge them with in-class presentations, simulations, and scenario-based activities. I foster their knowledge about international relations by providing them with solid theoretical foundations and insights on how policymaking works within the international arena to master the analysis of current world events.

I am an ambitious outside-of-the-box thinker who is committed and passionate about her field. These characteristics make me an organized, efficient, and results-driven team player and self-starter with extensive experience working in the academia, corporate, and not-for-profit sectors as an analyst, researcher, and teacher.

I am seeking opportunities within academic institutions, foundations, government entities, or research institutes. I intend to continue working on my research agenda and devoting my expertise to improving crises response policies and practices at the governmental level.