Hello & Saqari
I am a new Assistant Professor at Sacramento State University in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. I work in the Fashion Merchandising and Management program. I am a socio-culturist with a background in design.
My scholarship focuses on the relationship between people and fashion products, with the intention of best understanding sustainable and unsustainable behaviors. I work to stay active as a maker, but my heart is in teaching and research. I care about how clothing – whether wearing or making it – creates emotion, connection, and actions.
My research is in transition. I am currently exploring the regional fibershed and working to create schemes to support undergraduate research.
My dissertation “Made in San Pedro: The Production of Dress and Meaning in a Tz’utujil – Maya Municipality” is available on ProQuest in English and Spanish. If interested, please email for a copy. The data from this work is the current focus of my publications and presentations. It is also the foundation for my future work in San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala.
(1) I am a learner. I love to learn and love to help others learn.
(2) In my mind, the future cannot have apparel and textiles without pursuing sustainability.
(3) I have a beautiful husband, a tiny toddler, and a shaggy poodle-heeler named Wiley.
(4) I’m always open to a good chat. Feel free to email me about anything sociocultural, sustainable, Guatemalan, and fashion related.