I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Anthropology & Sociology Department at Albion College. I received my PhD in May 2018 from the Sociology Department at the University at Albany, SUNY. My dissertation, “‘I Think That’s Really What It Comes Down To, Is Intimacy’: LGBTQ+ Polyamory and the Queering of Intimacy,” explored queer (LGBTQ+) polyamorous relationships, families, and community. My specialty areas within Sociology are Families and Sexualities as well as Qualitative Methods, and I have expertise in queer and polyamorous families and relationships. My teaching interests relate to families, queer families, sexualities, sexual politics, queer studies, inequality/stratification, intersectionality, research methods, and teaching/pedagogy, and I am committed to teaching from a social justice perspective. My research interests include families of choice and creative kinship, marginalized families, queer polyamorous intimacies, anti-assimilationism, queer representation in college curriculum, and more.
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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 am not fond of 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 successfully defended my dissertation last year. I recently moved to Albion, MI and am thrilled to be a 5-minute walk away from my campus office. I enjoy heights, traveling, playing piano, listening to music, watching indie films, eating Thai food and pho, and cuddling with my little animals.