AJ is a teacher and scholar.
Salinas → Miami → Stanford
I was born and raised in Salinas, CA. After attending community college (Monterey Peninsula College and Miami-Dade College), I transferred to the University of Miami to finish a BA in English. While working as a high school teacher in Miami, I earned an MS in Foreign Language Education (TESOL) at Florida International University.
My PhD research leverages a large corpus of college admissions essays and applicant metadata from Latinx college applicants to understand sociocultural correlates in the types of narratives deployed. Work from this research has been published and presented in venues for social scientific and computational research. Outside of research, I have taught data science and teacher education classes and been involved in many mentorship and outreach programs in the greater Stanford community.
Though I have picked up many mentors along the way, I am primarily advised by Mitchell Stevens along with anthony antonio, Ben Domingue, and Dan McFarland.
My studies are supported financially and intellectually by the Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF), Diversifying Academia and Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Fellowship, the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society Fellowship, the Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, and Mixed Methods (ICQCM) Spencer Scholar program, and the El Centro Graduate Scholars in Residence program.