Hello! I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia. I am a scholar, broadly defined, placing importance on research, teaching, and service, as well as the connections among these domains of the academy.
As a scholar, I investigate the impact of prejudice and discrimination on the lives of oppressed communities, particularly individuals who are marginalized in multiple ways (e.g., LGBTQ people of color). In one line of research, I study the negative effects of discrimination on victims’ mental, physical, and sexual health and well-being. In another, I examine whether discrimination shapes minorities’ social and political attitudes, particularly their feelings toward other minority groups.
As a teacher, I help students to develop a sociologically-informed view of the world, as well as the ability to understand and make use of theory and findings from research. I also encourage my students to think critically, connect course materials to current events and their own lives, and appreciate diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
As an advocate, I work with community organizations and blog regularly to provide scholarly resources and knowledge, and to actively promote the dissemination of new research. I am also an intellectual activist who “speaks truth to power” about the injustices in academia through my public writing (primarily at Conditionally Accepted) and organizing (including through Sociologists for Trans Justice). In addition, I contribute to my department, university, and discipline by serving on a number of committees and reviewing articles for academic journals.