My research focuses primarily on Gender & Sexuality with a focus on culture. Each of my major research projects has touched on a number of areas of sociology. Below are information on my Dissertation, MA Thesis and Undergraduate Honors Thesis research.

PhD Dissertation: “Burlesque’s Big Reveal: Queer Scenes as Performance and Community”

Chair: Jonathan R. Wynn (Sociology)
Members: Naomi R. Gerstel (Sociology), Robert Zussman (Sociology), Kimberlee Pérez (Communications)

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Topics: Neo-Burlesque, Culture, Scenes, Gender, Urban Sociology, Subcultures, Sexuality, Identity, Ethnography, Content Analysis, Fandom

MA Thesis: “The Marriage Push: Same-Sex Marriage in Western Massachusetts”

Chair: Naomi R. Gerstel (Sociology)
Members: Millie Thayer (Sociology) and Robert Zussman (Sociology)

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Topics: The Family, Same-Sex Relationships, Queer Theory, Marriage, The Law, Social Movements, LGBT History

Undergraduate Honors Thesis: “Homophobia and the Social Climate for Queer Students at a Small Liberal Arts College.”

Advisor: Stephen Valocchi (Sociology)

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Topics: Homophobia, Education, Activism