I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Program for African American Studies at Florida State University. I earned my Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in Sociology, with portfolios in 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 and OkCupid can build intimate relationships and 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. I have also published research in the journals Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power and Sociology Compass, and co-edited a special issue of Information, Communication, and Society. Occasionally, I blog at places like 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. Among other responsibilities, I am faculty advisor for Florida State’s undergraduate feminist organization, Empowering Women Globally and for the campus chapter of the College Democrats; a council member for the Section on Sexualities (American Sociological Association); an appointed member of the Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Persons in Sociology (American Sociological Association); the Public Engagement Liaison for the Section on Inequality, Poverty, & Mobility (American Sociological Association); and a member of the 2019 Program Committee for the Southern Sociological Society.