I received my PhD in sociology with a certificate in women’s studies and gender research
from the University of Florida in 2007. I am a qualitative feminist sociologist with
a broad interest in the social construction of gender, sexualities, and families.
My empirical research explores timely and provocative issues with the intention of
advancing the depth and breadth of existing social theories. Previous projects have
included ethnographies of a drag queen subculture and of adult novelty shops, and
an extensive interview based study of gay men’s reproductive decision-making and fathering
experiences. I am currently beginning a new project that explores how gender becomes
written on the body through non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox. I teach
sociology of gender, introduction to women’s studies, men & masculinities and graduate
seminars in sociology of families and qualitative methods. I design my courses as
a catalyst for students to move beyond the role of passive observer toward an active
sociological scholar of social, historical, and cultural processes. My courses are
challenging but I guarantee that they are also quite fun. I am eager to recruit students
who are willing to participate in scholarship that broadens our sense of what is possible.
PhD: University of Florida, 2007