I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and Women’s & Gender Studies at Virginia Tech and Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Smith College. I earned my master’s degree in Sociology from Virginia Tech (2015) and bachelor’s (cum laude) from Smith College in Sociology and the Study of Women & Gender (2013).
My research focuses on diversity and inclusion in gendered spaces, with a particular focus on trans* collegians and educational policy. My dissertation examines transgender inclusive admissions policies through a multi-method collaborative ethnography at two women’s colleges. Of particular interest, my research questions how these policies construct exclusive discourses and experiences for non-normative gender expression and embodiment, as complicated by the intersections of race, class, and sexuality.
Two projects extend my research on gender inclusion into new areas:
- Women’s experiences within craft beer culture, including a focus on women brewers.
- Trans-exclusionary radical feminism and the women’s and gender studies discipline/classroom.
My research on trans* inclusive admission policies can be found in Gender & Society, Advances in Gender Research, and forthcoming in Byrd, Ovink & Brunn-Bevel’s intersectionality volume and Sociology COmpass. My other work is also available in Food, Culture and Society, Journal of LGBT Youth, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, and Research and Higher Education.
Beginning in 2019, I serve as a Research Associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, located at Mount Holyoke College. Additionally, I co-chair the Sociologists for Trans Justice Advancing Trans, Non-binary, and Intersex Scholarship Committee with Danya Lagos (and with Jaclyn Tabor 2017-18) and authored the 2018 edition of the #TransJusticeSyllabus. I further consult for the Campaign for Southern Equality’s Southern LGBTQ+ Health Survey. I have also served as the founding managing editor of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, news editor for Sociology Lens, and co-chair of the Department of Sociology Annual Student Research Symposium. I currently serve as the Social Media Coordinator for Virginia Tech’s bi-annual Gender, Bodies, and Technology conference and am on the Women’s and Gender Studies student symposium planning committee.
I am the proud recipient of both the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (Award #1904304; $15,979) and a National Academy for Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow ($27,500).
When not in the field, I live in with my partner Jess, miniature Jack Russell Terrier Penelope, and cat Stevie (Nicks). In my little spare time, I enjoy going to breweries, knitting, baking, and golfing.