Alaska's Fiddling Sociologist
photograph.) I miss that river more than anything else from NC, but I also miss Joy Brand Yellow Self-Rising Cornmeal, lightning bugs, crickets, thunderstorms, whippoorwills, humidity, and hot weather. From Iowa I miss the black soil, endless views of soybeans and cornfields, the subtle beauty of the prairies, blizzards that pile snow up above the housetops, and beloved friends and family. I do not miss ticks, chiggers, black widow spiders, or poisonous snakes. I love small town community life, and find that living beyond Ester out in the woods suits me just fine.
I live in on the edge of the Alaska wilderness in a quirky old homestead community filled with quirky homesteading neighbors. Quirky
I teach and research organized inequalities--how organizations, states, and institutions organize social inequality based on race, class, sex, sexuality, gender, age, spatiality, looks, dis/ability, and other markers of difference. I especially enjoy teaching courses on gender, sexualities, race and ethnic relations, rurality, social movements, introductory sociology courses, and research methods. I enjoy helping to empower students to do their own, original research and creative thinking on topics about which they are passionate. I am affiliated with Sociology, Northern Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.