I am an Assistant Professor at Florida State University with a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Program for African American Studies. I am also affiliated with the Women’s Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies programs.
I earned my B.A. in Sociology from Duke University (2009), my M.A. in Sociology from the University of Houston (2011), and my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin (2017), with doctoral portfolios in African and African Diaspora Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.
My research interests center on culture, race, gender, and intimacy. Much of my work explores how race and ethnicity, gender, and sexuality shape the ways that people build and negotiate intimate relationships. Through this work, I illustrate how interpersonal relationships structure and reify identities and social inequalities. In particular, this branch of my research focuses on multiracial populations and interracial couplings as people move through life course processes like dating, cohabitation, marriage, and parenthood.
In addition to studying multiracial people and their families, I also write about the representation of race, gender, and sexuality in popular culture, racial and gender inequality in academic spaces, and how online platforms like Twitter and OkCupid can create community.
The overlapping of these interests is most evident in one of my current research projects, which began with my dissertation. This research examines how self-identified multiracial and multiethnic women navigate race as part of their online dating experiences in several urban centers in Texas; I am expanding this project by interviewing white men in Texas about their interracial dating experiences. My first publication from this project — “Dating in the Time of #BlackLivesMatter“, which discusses the ways that multiracial women utilize social movements like Black Lives Matter as a metric of racial progressiveness that both enables them to articulate their own political positions and provides them with a means of vetting potential dating partners — is available in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. My second empirical article from this project focuses on how multiracial women frame interracial relationships and is available in the Journal of Marriage and Family. A third empirical article from this project exploring the overlap of race, gender, immigrant status, and sexuality in the dating life of a trans woman respondent is available in Sociological Inquiry.
I have also published in the journals Ethnic and Racial Studies, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, and Sociology Compass, and co-edited a special issue of Information, Communication, and Society. Occasionally, I write at popular outlets such as Racism Review and Bitch Media.
Aside from my research, I am very involved in service at both the university-level and to several national organizations; in fact, I have won several awards for mentorship, teaching, and service. Among other responsibilities, I am currently faculty advisor for Florida State’s undergraduate feminist organization, Empowering Women Globally, the undergraduate campus chapter of the College Democrats, and the newly founded undergraduate group for multiracial and multiethnic students, the Mixed Student Union. Outside of Florida State, I am an elected council member for the Section on Sexualities and the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities (American Sociological Association), an appointed member of the Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Persons in Sociology (American Sociological Association), an elected member of the Nominations Committee for the Section on Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology (American Sociological Association) and an elected member of the Publications Committee for the Southern Sociological Society.