I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2017. Currently, I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Florida State University (as well as affiliated faculty in the Program in African American Studies). 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 representation of race, gender, and sexuality in popular culture. I also have an interest in the ways that social media and other digital technologies influence everyday life, particularly how platforms like Twitter or OkCupid 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 form and maintain relationships in the context of online dating. My first publication from this project — “Dating in the Time of #BlackLivesMatter” — is available in the journal Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.
Aside from my research, I am very involved in service to the university and the discipline. 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. I also co-organized the Sociology department’s race and ethnicity working group for several years. At present, I serve as the chair of the Sociologists’ LGBTQ Caucus of the American Sociological Association.
The oldest of four children, I grew up in Colorado Springs, CO, 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, read fantasy fiction novels, and indulge myself with Food Network, HGTV, some karaoke, pop culture, or brightly colored lipstick.