• Ph.D. Brown University, Sociology
  • M.A. Cornell University, Development Sociology
  • B.A. Cornell University, Rural Sociology

Areas of Expertise

  • Parental Leave Policy
  • Gender Equality
  • Modern Families
  • Work and Family
  • Fatherhood


I teach courses on gender, family, sport, statistics and research methods. My classes challenge normative conceptions of gender and examine the role of institutions in shaping these norms. I like to center students’ voices in the classroom and particularly enjoy engaging students in research projects.   

My research examines aspects of modern marriage, parenting and family. My forthcoming book Fixing Parental Leave offers policy lessons from Sweden and the UK. My first book, Superdads: How Fathers Balance Work and Family in the 21st Century, focuses on fathers who adjust their work lives to suit their families. I have been a Fulbright Scholar at University of Leicester (UK) as well as a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge and Umeå University (Sweden).


I am teaching the following courses in 2019-2020:

  • GSS 201: Feminist & Queer Theories (Fall)
  • SOC 201: Social Statistics (Spring)
  • SOC 217: Gender & Society (Fall)
  • SOC 355: Queer Families (Fall)
  • SOC 440: Marriage, Divorce, Remarriage (Spring)

Thesis Advising

Recent theses I have advised:

  • Bair, Molly ‘19 – Motherhood identities: Choice and agency for employed and stay-at-home mothers
  • Cabrera McDonald, Jaela ’18 – The “open secret”: An exploration of the racialized and gendered experiences of black women healthcare professionals in the workplace
  • Luong, Khanh ‘18 – Understanding abortion in Vietnam: Attitudes and behaviors regarding abortion among women and health care providers in Ho Chi Minh City (Public Health)
  • Olvera, José ’19 – Race and gender dynamics in the online gaming community
  • Samuels, Ryan ‘18 – Race and gender impact on commentary over black athletes