In Fall 2022 I will be joining the faculty at University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the Department of Sociology. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Susquehanna University (2021-2022). I previously held a position as a University of California Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Irvine in the department of Criminology, Law and Society (2019-2021). I completed my Ph.D. in Sociology with a doctoral emphasis in feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2019. My research and teaching are grounded in my commitment to public sociology and social justice principles and meet at the intersection of criminology, gender, and social inequalities.
My forthcoming book project Rescue Rehab (in progress) explores the nature and impact of two parallel prostitution diversion programs for managing prostitution: one which seeks to rescue women (mostly) who sell sex; the other which aims to educate men who buy it. Through comparative analysis of these programs I reveal the extent to which empowerment and responsibilization operate as fundamentally gendered state processes, and the paradoxical connections between victim-based prostitution policy and the criminalization of prostitution.
Additionally, I am currently conducting a research project centering the experiences of people who volunteer to help victims of sex trafficking / women in prostitution. Please visit (HERE) for more information about the project and to offer to participate in the study!