About

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:

  1. Women’s experiences within craft beer culture, including a focus on women brewers.
  2. 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. 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 will 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.

When not in the field, I live in Blacksburg, VA with my partner Jess, miniature Jack Russell Terrier Penelope, and kitten Stevie (Nicks). In my little spare time, I enjoy going to breweries, knitting, baking, and golfing.

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