I study the intersection of structural inequality, popular politics, and cultural cognition. My research demonstrates how developing a sociological perspective (i.e. considering the interplay of social structure with social phenomena) could improve our understanding of and ability to address social problems.
I teach to build human capital through transformative learning. I teach to empower each student to reach their potential. I teach because our society needs sociology.
I live in Edwardsville with my husband Drew, our son Lev, and our cats Nava and Mazel. I am actively involved in my local communities and also enjoy good food and good company.
I am committed to working towards a world filled with loving-kindness; implicit in this vision are communities that respect and uplift all its members and work to prevent and end suffering. To this end, I am passionate about politics as an avenue for creating social change.