I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Florida State University and affiliated faculty in the Program for African American Studies. I earned my Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Sociology, with portfolios in the Departments of African and African Diaspora Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. My research interests center on how race and ethnicity, gender, and sexuality shape the ways that people build and negotiate family, and pursue and maintain romantic intimate relationships. Through this work, I illustrate how interpersonal relationships structure and reify identities and social inequalities. In particular, 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, and how platforms like Twitter or OkCupid are utilized to build intimate relationships and to create community.
The overlapping of these interests is most evident in my current research project, which began with my dissertation. This project examines how self-identified multiracial and multiethnic women navigate race as part of their online dating experiences in several urban centers in Texas. 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. I have also published research at the blog, Racism Review, and in the journals Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power and Sociology Compass, and co-edited a special issue of Information, Communication, and Society.
Aside from my research, I am very involved in service at both the university-level and to several national organizations. At present, I am the public engagement liaison for the Section on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility (American Sociological Association) and the past chair of the Sociologists’ LGBTQ Caucus. During my time in Texas, I served as editor of UTAustinSOC, the official blog of UT-Austin’s Department of Sociology’s graduate program and as secretary for UT-Austin’s Black Graduate Student Association, among other activities. I also co-organized the Sociology department’s race and ethnicity working group for several years.