Internship Director and Instructor
Office: CMC 202L
Both my teaching and my research focus on the places where theory and lived experience meet, and my goal in the classroom is always to help students find and examine the connections between personal experience and societal influences. I love teaching because it is a form of activism for me. My favorite course to teach (hard to choose just one!) is introductory women’s and gender studies because for many students it is their first – but rarely their last! – encounter with the works and ideas we cover.
Before joining the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at USF in 2013, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas where I taught undergraduate and graduate courses such as “Queer Film & TV,” “Sexuality & Sexual Constructions,” “Gender, Sexuality & the Law,” and “Perspectives in LGBT Studies.” I’m looking forward to contributing to the WGS curriculum and student research at USF using my experience with these courses.
While at KU, I earned the annual Educator Award from the Kansas State Transgender Education Project, served as faculty advisor for the Sexuality Education Committee student group, and sat on the Advisory Board for the Center for Service Learning in addition to serving on the editorial boards of two academic journals: Race, Gender, & Class and The Journal of Popular Culture. I present on both my academic research and my pedagogical work regularly at the annual conferences of such regional and national academic organizations as the Modern Language Association, the American Theater & Drama Society, the American Culture Association / Popular Culture Association, and the Cultural Studies Association.
I’m also an attorney at law, licensed to practice in Florida, New York, and the District of Columbia, I left my law practice in Key West, FL, to return to graduate school to earn my second doctorate, a PhD in American Studies focusing on gender and sexuality.
In my free time, I relax by reading serial killer thriller novels, hanging out with my partner and our two elderly rescue dogs, and spending far too much time coming up with creative hashtags for my Instagram posts.
Ph.D., American Studies, University of Kansas, 2011
J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 1999