I am a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I am ABD and will be on the market starting in the fall of 2018.

My dissertation research currently focuses on gender, sexuality, and culture in the neo-burlesque scene. I am conducting ethnographic research in New England for my dissertation. For my MA Thesis I examined same-sex marriage and families. My undergraduate honors thesis explored the experience of queer students at a small liberal arts college under a hostile climate.

My teaching experience is varied. In addition to many introductory courses, I teach courses in the Culture, Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Urban Sociology. My primary goal is to help my students develop critical thinking skills and develop their sociological imaginations by examining various intersectional studies of our modern world. While many students will not go on to become sociologists, I believe that a sociological education is vital in preparing them for their futures, whatever they may entail.