My dissertation investigated how male and female undergraduate students differentially evaluate male and female written vignette actors depending on whether or not those actors use sexual profanity in their speech. My MA thesis (East Carolina University, 1995) analyzed how maternal smoking, drinking or drug use during pregnancy increases the likelihood of spontaneous abortion or neonatal death of the infant. My research interests include informal communication of news, swearing, cultural meanings and sexual norms, and amateur sports. I regularly teach Social Interaction and have advised students in independent readings courses on religious syncretism and cultural diffusion in the ancient Near East, and gender and communication.
PhD: Louisiana State University (2001)