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, Law & Society

As a sociologist, my research interests include social determinants of health,  gender and politics, and the study of social problems. 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.

My pedagogy and research reflect Saint Anselm College’s value on education within the Benedictine Tradition which stresses the formation of the whole person and the importance of community. I regularly teach introductory courses in public health or sociology, but also specialist courses in family law, statistics, political sociology and race & justice.