The Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Before joining the sociology department at Muhlenberg in 2006, I worked for many years as a health educator and policy analyst while pursuing my Master of Public Health degree and doctorate in Sociology. My research and teaching interests are grounded in my professional experience and include sexuality, gender, health, and qualitative and archival research methods. Most of my research has focused on sexual and reproductive health, including family planning and abortion, and on HIV/AIDS. Currently, I am working on two new research projects that investigate how, if at all, "alternative" health practices, communities and systems reconfigure or challenge mainstream medical and gendered ideologies. The first project examines the use of complementary and alternative care (CAC) for perimenopause through narrative interviews with CAC users. In the second research project, I examine the burgeoning "natural burial" movement through interviews with professionals and para-professionals working in the industry.
Recipient, ASA Sociology of Sexualities Distinguished Article Award, Honorable Mention (2011)
Recipient, African Regional Research Program Grant, Fulbright Scholar Program. (2006-2007)
Fellow, Sexuality & Policy Postdoctoral Fellowship, Social Science Research Council (2005-2006)