Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin and a graduate fellow in the Urban Ethnography Lab. My research interests center on how race and ethnicity, gender, and sexuality shape family and romantic intimate relationships, identities, and social inequalities. Much of my work focuses on multiracial/mixed-race life course processes and the construction of deviant cultures/identities in various forms of popular culture. I am also interested in the ways in which social media and other digital technologies influence everyday life, particularly how platforms like Twitter are utilized to build intimate relationships and create community.
My dissertation, “Utopic Subjects, Post-Racial Desires: Mixed-Race, Intimacy, and the On-line Dating Experience,” investigates how mixed-race women navigate race and formulate relationships in the context of online dating. My master’s thesis, “No (Wo)Man’s An Island: Social Coping Behaviors of Multiracial Undergraduates in Response to Race, Culture and Class,” explores the strategies employed by multiracial individuals when navigating undergraduate social scenes in terms of determining social in-groups.
Aside from my research, I am very involved in service to the university and the discipline. Currently, I am editor of UTAustinSOC, the official blog of UT-Austin’s Department of Sociology’s graduate program, secretary for UT-Austin’s Black Graduate Student Association, and the incoming chair of the Sociologists’ LGBTQ Caucus of the American Sociological Association. I also co-run my department’s race and ethnicity working group.
The oldest of four children, I grew up in Colorado Springs, CO, where I graduated from Sierra High School as salutatorian before receiving my B.A. in Sociology from Duke University. I received my M.A. in Sociology from The University of Houston before beginning my doctoral studies at UT-Austin. In my free time, I like to run with my dog, Kira, read fantasy fiction novels, and indulge myself with Food Network, HGTV, some karaoke, pop culture, or brightly colored lipstick.