I am a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of California Los Angeles. As a theorist of sexuality, law, and politics, I analyze how various institutional structures interact with and regulate sexual identity and behavior. I explore the productive and symbolic functions of law, the relationship between institutions and social meaning, and the evolving regulation of various sexualities. I will complete doctoral training in June 2020.
My work has been published in Socius, the Journal of International Women’s Studies, and Population Research and Policy Review, and has received generous support from the Williams Institute, the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, and the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
I am currently completing my dissertation, which examines how legal, medical, and cultural institutions define and regulate sexually predatory behavior, and the implications of this regulation for victims and sex offenders, specifically, and understandings of sexual violence, more broadly. When I'm not working, I enjoy hiking with my dog, playing roller derby with the LA Derby Dolls, crossword puzzles, and playing the accordion.