My name is Shelley Tuazon Guyton. I’m a student, traveler and writer, and some combination of these three is what winds up here on this blog. I am using this space to work out the mind-blowing things I am learning about in grad school, and also as a splattering canvas for my experimentation in creative writing. Really, I’m just someone who feels deeply and wants to explore and understand as much as I can everyday.
- apprentice anthropologist
- reader and writer
- language learner
- spiritual, enjoying many beliefs
- highly sensitive person (HSP)
- introvert, INFP-T
- morning person
- hopeless romantic
I am working towards my Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside, with affiliation in the Southeast Asian Studies program. I am studying how communities in Philippine coastal areas use media and communication technologies to monitor storms, and coordinate community-based strategies for disaster preparedness. . If you’re interested in my past projects, you can find them here.
I’ve taken different opportunities to live abroad since a gap year I took to work in London, UK and Galway, Ireland. I’m something of a slow traveler. Living in a place is the most meaningful (even if somewhat contradictory) definition of travel to me.
I post to a separate travel blog here.
I started writing poetry as a last resort to escape the monotony of a high school Spanish class. It’s been useful against all sorts of monotony, since.
- Ph.D., Anthropology (currently enrolled), University of California, Riverside, affiliation with Southeast Asian Studies, Dissertation: “A Signal in the Storm: The Role of Media and Communication Technologies during Disaster in the Philippines”
- M.A., Anthropology (June 2015), University of California, Riverside
- B.A., Sociocultural Anthropology (December 2010), University of California, San Diego, magna cum laude and with highest distinction, minor degree in Literatures in English, Senior thesis: “The Filipino Author in English”