About me


I am an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). My primary areas of specialization are sex, gender, and sexualities, qualitative methods, and queer and feminist theories. In addition, I have experience and interest in race and ethnicity, theory, public sociology, and global and transnational sociology. My book, published by New York University Press, “Growing Up Queer: Kids and the Remaking of LGBTQ Identity,” is an ethnography of an LGBTQ youth drop-in center. The analysis is an examination of how young people embody, express, and embrace queerness.

My passion for academia was sparked during my undergraduate training in women’s studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, the most diverse public campus in Colorado. I then completed my Ph.D. in sociology in spring of 2014 at the University of Colorado Boulder. With more than a decade of undergraduate teaching experience under my belt, some of my favorite courses include Sociology of Sexualites, Sexualities and the Law, and Transgender Studies. I also teach at the graduate level in the Masters of Sociological Practice (MASP) program at CSUSM. I am proud to be part of an academic department in a public university that values social justice, student-centered learning environments, and community-based research. Please follow the links above to see my CV and sample course syllabi.