Sakura is a 3rd year PhD student in Temple University's Political Science department, who is also a part of the graduate certification program in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program. She studies Comparative Politics and Political Theory, with a focus on state power, national identity, political homophobia, and identity politics. 

Her dissertation investigates the envelopment of minority communities into national identity for strategic state-building purposes. She asks when, why, and how minority identities, previously denounced or unrecognized by states, become incorporated into new national rhetorics and imaginations. 

Sakura currently teaches Writing Intensive courses of Introduction to Political Philosophy at Temple, but in her free time, she enjoys watching classic films, playing with her dog, and tending to her house plants.

Faculty Advisor: Adam Ziegfeld

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