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.

Other takeaways:

(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.