I’m a sociologist who studies gender, sexuality, the family, and culture– particularly as they relate to occupations. Specifically, I analyze non-normative (“deviant”) behaviors and how they illuminate core features of social life.
I received my BA from Princeton University in 2002, my PhD from Columbia University in 2010, and I am currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lehigh University. I was previously a post-doctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy and an Assistant Research Professor and Research Director at the Center for Women and Work, Rutgers University.
My work has been published in a variety of scholarly journals, including the Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science & Medicine, Poetics, Work and Occupations, American Behavioral Scientist, Sex Roles, Labor Studies Journal, Sociological Perspectives, Sociological Forum, Sexualities, Women’s Health Issues, Social Currents, the International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology, and The Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.
I am also the author of two books: Dominatrix: Gender, Eroticism, and Control in the Dungeon (University of Chicago Press, 2012) and Commuter Spouses: New Families in a Changing World (Cornell University Press, 2019). My third book, tentatively titled True Story: What Reality TV Says about Us, is under contract with Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
My research has been featured in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, CNN.com, Billboard, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Pacific Standard, Quartz, GOOD Magazine, WebMD, and BBC Capital. I’ve spoken about my work on National Public Radio and have written op-eds for Fortune, Newsweek, and Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.
In my downtime, I’m a fan of crossword puzzles and really, really terrible reality television. I live in Princeton, NJ with my husband and our feisty preschooler.
Image: Cyndi Shattuck Photography