I am a second year PhD student in Sociology at Michigan State University.
My research draws upon the sociologies of gender, knowledge, culture, social psychology, and political sociology to examine how knowledge is shaped, how social actors employ knowledge as evidence, and how knowledge is utilized to reinforce social hierarchies. Specifically, my current research asks:
1) How is knowledge concerning gender defined and enforced by cultural and social contexts?
2) How are social identities and practices shaped by how individuals interpret and conceptualize gender (non)conformity?
3) What are the consequences of institutions of power defining and regulating transgender and other gender diverse identities and bodies through social policy?
I am additionally interested in building a deeper understanding of the methodologies utilized by social scientists, how different methods alter the way academics ask questions and interpret their findings, and how sociologists harness causal inference to study social phenomena.
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