About

DSC_1154I am an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY. I defended my dissertation, “‘I Think That’s Really What It Comes Down To, Is Intimacy’: LGBTQ+ Polyamory and the Queering of Intimacy,” in the spring of 2018. My specialty areas within Sociology are Sexualities and Families (comps) as well as Intimacy and Qualitative Methods, and I have expertise in queer and polyamorous relationships. My teaching interests are in Sociology of Sexualities, Sociology of Families, Queer Families, Intimacy in America, Intersectionality, Sexual Politics, and Social Research Methods, and I am committed to teaching from a social justice perspective. My research interests include queer polyamory, assimilationism, sexual citizenship, sexual politics, and intersectionality. My current project explores queer (LGBTQ+) polyamorous relationships, families, and community. I have also examined the linkages between polyamorous values and practices and cultural contradictions of the ‘transformation of intimacy’ as well as queer polyamory’s implications for assimilationism and sexual citizenship.

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I was born in raised in the college town of Norman, Oklahoma. I graduated from Norman North High School a year early and began undergrad at the University of Oklahoma (OU) the week after my 17th birthday. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 2005, with optional minors in Sociology and Psychology. I then worked for a few years in Human Resources, but quickly learned that I prefer academia over the corporate world. So, I returned to OU for the graduate program in Sociology. After receiving my MA in 2010, I relocated to the Capital Region of New York to complete my doctorate at SUNY Albany. I completed comprehensive exams in Families (with distinction) and Sexualities, and recently defended my dissertation. I enjoy traveling, playing piano, eating Thai food, and cuddling with my little animals (three sweet elderly pets plus another spunky young one!).