__ Doctoral Candidate
Department of Sociology
Main Quad - 450 Serra Mall
Building 120, Room 51
Stanford, CA 94305-2047
Fax: (650) 725-6471
I am a sociologist, feminist*, and activist interested in promoting gender equality and LGBTQI rights. I received a BA in Sociology and English at the University of Arizona in 2005 and am currently a doctoral candidate in Sociology at Stanford University. Broadly, my research explores the socially constructed nature of sex, gender, and sexuality and examines topics related to inequality, discrimination, power, and status. I am a mixed methods researcher who employs both qualitative and quantitative data in my analysis, most often in the form of interviews and surveys. I am passionate about teaching and design my courses to impact students' lives beyond the classroom. One course I have developed, Destroying Dichotomies: Exploring Multiple Sex, Gender, and Sexual Identities, is designed to broaden students' awareness of the human experience by cultivating scholarly discourse on non-binary experiences of sex, gender and sexual identities and expressions. In addition, I educate students about sex-positive feminist sexuality in another course I have developed, Sex and Love in Modern Society, and offer workshops on this subject for adults in the Bay Area. I am also a trained oral communications specialist, conducting workshops on general speaking tips and PowerPoint and working individually with undergraduate and graduate students on presentations, job talks, and interviews. I am active in the Stanford community, acting as co-chair of the Queer Studies Coalition, co-coordinator of the Feminist and Queer Book Salon, and member of the Trans Task force.
In addition to conducting research and teaching at Stanford, I am a board member of Friendfactor (www.friendfactor.org), a startup nonprofit dedicated to building LGBT-inclusive culture by activating people to become visible, vocal, and active allies in their communities. By building a community of allies and empowering them to effect real, tangible change in the immediate world around them, we can build a culture where everyone who believes in equality takes ownership over making it a reality. Friendfactor has implemented successful programs at various colleges, graduate programs, and corporate workplaces across the country.
After graduating, I intend to start a business in which I educate, mediate, consult, and conduct research on transgender issues. I would like to work with cisgender individuals (individuals whose bodies and identities are aligned with the sex and gender they were assigned at birth) in families, schools, and workplace settings to help them better understand and relate with transgender individuals. I intend to provide consultation on how to create safe spaces and be a supportive ally and mediate conflicts to prevent alienation and rejection. Much of the discrimination, harassment, and violence towards transgenders stem from ignorance and fear, and it is my desire to promote empathy and acceptance via lectures, seminars, workshops, and trainings.
*I believe in equality for all genders by empowering the disenfranchised without subjugating masculinity.