I am an Assistant Professor in the sociology department at Wake Forest University. I completed my PhD at Brandeis Unviersity, and my BA and MSSW at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

My research spans several areas of sociology. My dissertation research asks how families of seriously-ill children mobilize the resources available to them as they negotiate a child's life-threatening 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. While my research interests are diverse, at the center of my work is a focus on how people interactionally negotiate race, class, gender, and other social inequalities in everyday life in ways that challenge them, reproduce them, or both. My work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Mellon foundation, and has appeared in Social ProblemsContextsThe International Journal of Sociology of the Family, and Feminist Teacher.