Areas of Expertise:
Bachelor of Arts in Art History, History Minor, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Master of Science in Library and Information Science, Simmons College
Research Interests:Asian American Literature, Settler Colonialism, Gentrification, Critical Race Theory, Tattoo Culture, Cultural Transmission
Jessea is an oral historian and the digital collections librarian at Loyola Marymount University. Within the library profession, she focuses on digital preservation issues and advocates for open access academic resources. She published “Inknography: A Digital Oral History Collection of Tattooed Asian Americans Challenging the Model Minority Stereotype” in Asian Americans and Libraries: Activism, Collaboration and Strategies (2017). Jessea has been a coordinator of the DERAIL Forum and founding committee of POC in LIS Summit, librarian/archivist conferences combating white supremacy and oppressive power structures. She is interested in issues gentrification and settler colonialism within the Asian American community, and the history of Yellow Peril. Outside of academia, Jessea can be found eating ice cream or huaraches with her dachshund terrier, Neville.