I am a Doctoral student in the Global Urban Studies Ph.D. program at Rutgers University-Newark. I earned an MA in International Affairs at New School University. I am an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Urban Studies at Saint Peter’s University.
My research investigates how collaboration between entities are established and maintained despite diversity and autonomy. I critically examine the process and and social-cultural mechanisms that mediate the formation of coalitions as well as the causal factors that mobilizes diverse entities.
My research highlights faith communities, specifically local christian churches, in relation to one another and its relation to other secular institutions. I argue that an analysis of the christian faith, and the ways in which churches operate can increase efficiency in collaboration and partnership.
My study is part of a larger research agenda that seeks to intersect global civil society and social movement literature in order to understand how social institutions are able to establish cooperation and interconnectedness despite differences of interest.
Being an active member in my local church is what led me to pursue my doctoral research. I observed how local churches carried out community initiatives like food drives, coat drives, ESL teaching, building houses and hosting after-school programs and vacation bible school for children. At the global level, state governments, international and non-governmental organizations are mobilizing to provide humanitarian aid, counseling, food, water and shelter, often relying on religious institutions like local churches to carry out much of the aid and project initiatives at the grassroots level.
As an active church member and believer myself, the experience of working together with various local and global organizations, and networking with different entities both in my surrounding community and in other parts of the world motivated me to dig deeper into understanding how cooperation can increase despite differences of interest.
My research goal is to highlight not only the structures and networks of local churches but to also bring to the fore the Christian Faith and their religious beliefs as it undergirds their motivation to multiply and mobilize. With this goal, I hope to move beyond a structural analysis of local churches and assess the points of convergence within these coalitions and the causal potency behind these relationships. By doing so, my work is aimed towards deepening the discourse on collaboration in order to bridge divisions, increase cooperation, and generate a more profound impact on the work that local churches do.
New School University
Saint Peter’s University
Saint Peter’s University