Bio

I’m an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN. I hold a PhD and an MA in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in sociology from Emory University.

I use qualitative methods to study topics related to family, culture, and place. My research has been published in Study the South, Sociology Compass, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Social Psychology Quarterly, and Qualitative Sociology.

Funding for my work includes a Dissertation Research Fellowship and multiple Otto and Gertrude Pollak Summer Research Fellowships from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Charles Elias Shepard Scholarship for Graduate Study from Emory University.

The University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences named me a 2016 Dean’s Scholar. Along with a colleague, I received the 2017 Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Animals and Society section of the American Sociological Association.

I teach Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Women and Gender Studies, and additional courses on culture and inequality. In serving a diverse student population, I draw on design thinking and inclusive teaching to mitigate inequalities that arise from variation in college preparedness.

I’m a member of Tennessee Tech’s newly formed Online Education Advisory Committee and the university’s Women and Gender Studies Curriculum Coordinating Committee. I also serve as the faculty adviser for my department’s chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society.