2008 - Ph.D., Purdue University, Sociology.
2005 - M.S., Purdue University, Sociology
2005 - Graduate Certificate in Social Survey Research, Purdue University
2003 - B.S., Purdue University, Interdisciplinary Chemistry
2003 - B.A., Purdue University, Sociology
As a political sociologist, my research interests include media studies of social problems, wartime affects on patriotic sentiment, gender and politics, and rhetoric of ambivalence and public policy concerning the homeless. I am particularly interested how the role of gender can influence the social construction of social problems, like homelessness, and impact broader congressional policy support.
I teach courses in political sociology, social problems, social theory, statistics, race and ethnic relations and legal issues of the family. I am interim chair of the President's Steering Committee for Inclusiveness; a member of the Sexual Orientation Task Force, the faculty representative to the Core Council for Gay and Lesbian Students, and the chapter advisor for Pi Gamma Mu, the national honor society for the social sciences.
My current research includes work on the Homeless Access Survey 2010-2011, an on-going joint research effort with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Housing and Homelessness and other area colleges and universities, which assesses the needs and access of New Hampshire adult homeless populations.
My research also includes a NHIOP grant funded study on patriotism titled, "When There Is No Clear Winner": A Proposed Case Study of New Hampshire Public Patriotic Sentiment during Troop Withdrawal from Iraq 2010. This project analyzes the impending United States troop withdrawal from Iraq in the summer of 2010 and the possible affect on New Hampshire citizen's patriotic sentiment and government assessment. I also have a forthcoming book chapter with Dr. Jennifer C. Lucas on Gender, Generations and the 2008 election.
Originally from Indiana, I completed my undergraduate and doctoral work at Purdue University, where I received the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship and Walter Hirsh grant. At Purdue, I taught courses in Urban Sociology and Race/Ethnic Relations and worked for the Social Research Institute (SRI).