For Students


Tuesdays (starting on January 16th): 3:10pm to 5pm – drop-in. I’ll leave a sign-up sheet by the door, in case there’s a wait. Meetings will be for approximately 15-minute slots, maximum two slots per student. Contact me if you need a different appointment.

For current grad, undergrads, and PhD candidates:

I’m happy to meet and discuss your projects. If you want to meet in regard to a research topic, a dissertation, a grant proposal, or qualifying exams, it always helps if you have some supporting documents with you, like a short abstract in the case of something you are working on, a biblio, or a couple of sentences that describe your study fields.

Sometimes students ask to meet about papers or projects that they have only imagined. It’s a rich moment full of possibility! However, I find that it’s often much harder to provide meaningful feedback or suggestions on something that could be, well, anything. If you are stuck on an assignment, even having some preliminary sources, evidence, observations, or precedents we can discuss helps!

For prospective students:

If you are considering graduate studies at UC Davis, particularly in the Geography or the Cultural Studies graduate groups, I would love to chat. It’s a good idea to be prepared to discuss the kinds of questions you are asking and what bodies of literature have been fundamental for your inquiries. If you have a previous graduate degree, it would be great to see what you produced at that time, if you could send it to me.

Past and current students’ letters of recommendation:

Generally speaking, I am more than happy to provide letters of recommendation! But read the following carefully, please…

Schools or jobs expect one to provide an honest assessment of the applicant’s work and contributions as best as can be done from the evaluator’s own (limited) perspective.

You should be aware that if you are applying to graduate schools or professional programs, most of these will ask how the student “ranks” in comparison to peers (I would rather discuss a student’s work on its own merits or shortcomings). As much as comparisons can be a problematic way to assess the promise of an individual (and it is!), I will in some way or another have to justify your admission to their program. This means that if I am not closely familiar with your work—for example, if you never visited office hours or participated in class—my letter will reflect how much I know your output. If you are a former student and I have not seen you in a while, it can be helpful to provide me with a current résumé or CV, and some updates on what you’ve been up to.

Please contact me if you want more information.

Digital resources:

I use Slack for a lot of projects to organize and share documents and media. I use Zotero for bibliographic management and group projects. Pinboard (aljavieera) for bookmarks.

I’ll have more on this page for collaborations and advising as needed.