Joanne L. Rondilla is an award-winning educator. Originally from Dededo, Guam, she and her family moved to the San Francisco bay area (Union City) when she was thirteen years old. She holds degrees from UC Berkeley (M.A., Ph.D.) and UC Santa Barbara (B.A.). Currently, she is an assistant professor in Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (SISS) and Asian American Studies at San Jose State University. Previously, she has taught at Sonoma State University, Arizona State University, UC Berkeley, and Santa Clara University. Her research interests include: race, gender, colorism, beauty, media representations, pop culture, and colonialism.