I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and Women’s & Gender Studies at Virginia Tech. 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, with a particular focus on gendered spaces. My dissertation examines transgender inclusive admissions policies at women’s colleges through a multi-method collaborative ethnography. Of particular interest, my research questions how these policies construct exclusive discourses and experiences for non-normative gender expression and embodiment through practice, as complicated by the intersections of race, class, ability, and sexuality.
My research on trans* inclusive admission policies can be found in Gender & Society, Advances in Gender Research, and in Byrd, Ovink & Brunn-Bevel’s intersectionality volume. I have additional work forthcoming in Sociology Compass. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant and the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.
Multiple projects extend my research on diversity and inclusion into new areas:
- Women’s experiences within craft beer culture, including a focus on women brewers and consumers.
- Trans-exclusionary radical feminism.
- Sexual harassment and assault at women’s colleges.
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.
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. In 2019, I served as a Research Associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, located at Mount Holyoke College and was a visiting lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Smith College.
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.