Kalina Yingnan Deng is a mixed media visual arts storyteller, public scholarship practitioner, and human capital strategist. Kalina holds a B.A. in Philosophy cum laude from Wellesley College and conducted her senior year research in organizational citizenship behavior at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. A published author and conference presenter, she has also shown her artwork at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center and at Harvard University. She is currently a first year in the M.A. in Fashion Studies program at Parsons and assists Otto von Busch in research on fashion, law, and violence. A Chinese immigrant to the American South, Kalina plans to conduct her thesis research on the assimilation dressing tactics practiced by various US diasporic communities in relation to those immigrants’ obtaining meaningful social citizenship. Outside of the academy, Kalina has worked in various human capital management, diversity and inclusion strategy, and management consulting roles and currently works in the field of business and corporate immigration law.