About Me


I’m a sociologist who studies gender, sexuality, and culture– particularly as they relate to occupations.  Specifically, I analyze non-normative (“deviant”) behaviors and the light they can shed on social life “at the center.”

I received 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 journals, including the Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science & Medicine, Poetics, Work and Occupations, American Behavioral Scientist, Sex Roles, Contexts, Sociological Perspectives, Sociological Forum, Sexualities, Women’s Health IssuesSocial Currents, the International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology, and The Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.  I am also the author of Dominatrix: Gender, Eroticism, and Control in the Dungeon (University of Chicago Press, 2012).  Based on in-depth interviews with women who work as professional dominatrices in New York City and San Francisco, the book focuses on the ways in which this unexpected social space can shed light on the contours of gendered work more generally.

I am currently completing my second book — an interview-based project about spouses who live apart due to the demands of their professional careers.  The book, tentatively titled Going the Distance: Commuter Spouses, is under contract at Cornell University Press.

My research has been featured in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, The EconomistThe Atlantic, U.S. News & World Report, Billboard, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Pacific Standard, the Toronto Star, the Courier-Post, GOOD Magazine, WebMD, and thinkprogress.org.  I’ve spoken about my work on National Public Radio and written op-eds for Fortune magazine (invited), Newsweek, and Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning. 

In my downtime, I’m a fan of crossword puzzles and really, really terrible reality television.

Image: Cyndi Shattuck Photography