I am a space theorist and award-winning educator, I am currently postdoc at the Open University in the UK as part of the Space Ethics Group. My PhD is from the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism at Western University in London, Ontario. My research focuses on how the colonial legacy of space exploration limits the vastness of the futures in space. As an educator, I love to create dynamic learning opportunities to engage students with ideas, actions, and possibilities. Education, to me, is a collaborative undertaking, and this is why I encourage student participation and use improv techniques. I currently host an online decolonial reading group with hopes of carving out space for decolonial thinking within the space community.
Who I am:
Looking for my next opportunity to Educate organizations + individuals
about Decolonial practices
and Cosmic futures .
As a newly-minted PhD, I am on a quest to become a university educator and use my expertise in space theory to help create a future in space for all people.
In the last ten years in the university environment, I have held different leadership and educational positions. I was able to mentor students, organize for social justice and labor rights, and develop my own sense of the interconnectedness of the world. Of course, that time was also spent reading, researching, and writing about the coloniality of space exploration. The future in space has been a lifelong interest of mine. My research is an act of love, as is my passion for teaching. I am rather unconventional, I know. I tend to focus more on the the liberatory aspects of education than the course materials, often using improv techniques to engage with students. In my research, I seek to express the awe at the universe rather than simply analyze it. I do this because I believe that there are a multitude of valid ways to engage with the world around us, many of which are not currently accepted in the university. I move with the world because, as Gloria Anzaldua says, "Rigidity means death."
It is in this that I find strength as a theoretician and educator.