I am an Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Portland State University. I received my PhD in sociology and a certificate in women’s and gender studies from the University of Oregon in 2014. My book manuscript tentatively titled, “Men in Place: Contemporary Contexts of Race, Sexuality, and Trans Masculinities,” takes an intersectional approach to understand how various spatial and institutional contexts affect men’s experience of race, sexuality, and gender. It is based on in-depth interviews with trans men, men who were assigned female at birth, living in the U.S. West, Southeast, and Midwest in both urban and rural spaces. I analyze how experiences of sexuality, race, and gender shift as actors move through different spatial and institutional locations.
My book is part of of my broad interests in the intersection of gender, race, and sexuality and space; masculinities; and queer and transgender studies. I focus on intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and class to understand how those aspects of social location are created and maintained across urban and rural spaces. Overall, I undertake this research using sociological methods to explore questions of identity and inequality in sociology and the interdisciplinary fields of women’s and gender studies and ethnic studies.
My ongoing research and writing projects focus on LGBTQ youth; whiteness, nation, and sexuality in the rural Northwest; and transgender people’s experiences of discrimination and violence.
See Research for more information on my other projects.