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, where I have been a faculty member since 2017. My research interests center on culture, race and racism, gender, intimacy, digital life, and work inequity in academia.  Most of my current published 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 research and write about the representation of race, gender, and sexuality in popular culture, and racial and gender inequality in academic spaces.

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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. An empirical chapter from this project (including new data from white men respondents) in the 4th Edition of Introducing the New Sexuality Studies assesses multiracial women’s experiences with sexualized othering in their relationships with white partners.

Additionally, I have published in the journals Ethnic and Racial Studies, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Sociology Compass, and Women’s Studies International Forum. I also co-edited special issues of Information, Communication, and Society and Teaching Sociology. Occasionally, I write at popular outlets such as NBC News and Bitch Media.

Aside from my research, I am very involved in service at both the university-level and to several national organizations. I have won several awards for mentorship, teaching, and service from my university and national organizations. Among other responsibilities, I am currently faculty advisor for two undergraduate organizations at Florida State: the campus chapter of the College Democrats and the Society of Black Future Female Attorneys. Outside of Florida State, I am an Associate Editor for the journal, Social Problems; an editorial board member for the Journal of Marriage and Family and Social Currents; an elected member of the Committee on Committees for the Society of the Study Social Problems; and an elected member of the Publications Committee for the Southern Sociological Society.