I’m a sociologist who studies gender, sexuality, and culture– particularly as they relate to occupations. Specifically, I analyze non-normative (“deviant”) behaviors and how they illuminate social life in the mainstream.
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 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 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 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.
My second book, Commuter Spouses: New Families in a Changing World, is forthcoming from Cornell University Press in February, 2019.
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, Billboard, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Pacific Standard, the Toronto Star, Quartz, GOOD Magazine, WebMD, and thinkprogress.org. I’ve spoken about my work on National Public Radio and 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 feisty toddler .
Image: Cyndi Shattuck Photography