My dissertation research asks how families of seriously ill children mobilize the resources available to them as they negotiate a child's serious illness and work to attain the best possible care for their child. My previous research analyzed how staff and residents' locations in intersecting structures of race, class, gender, age, and other social hierarchies shaped struggles for control and processes of resistance at a battered women's shelter. In addition to my love of ethnographic research, I have an equal affinity for the sociology classroom, and have taught a variety of courses at several different educational institutions.
I grew up in the Midwest, but currently call North Carolina "home." When I'm not sociologizing, I enjoy running, gardening, and snapping photographs around the neighborhood. Feel free to contact me anytime, at firstname.lastname@example.org.