Associate Professor of Social Sciences, Sociology & Criminology
Campus Box 4019
Building Plumb Hall
Hello! I’m an Associate Professor in the Sociology and Crime and Delinquency Studies programs and Graduate Director of the Master of Applied Sociology program. I earned my Master of Arts in Sociology from Wichita State University in 2007 and Ph.D. in Psychology emphasis in Community from Wichita State University in 2012. I teach undergraduate courses in Intimate Relationships, Intimate Violence, Child Abuse and Maltreatment, Intro to LGBT+ Studies, Intersectionality and Identities, and Social Stratification. Graduate courses I teach include Intersectionality and Identities, Community Leadership and Social Justice, and Grant Proposal Writing. My current research projects include an analysis of popular music from 2001-2015 for social justice messages, as well as personal, interpersonal, and social impacts of identity invalidation through anti-LGBTQ+ political actions. Past research publications include topics on cyberbullying, youth relationships, teen dating violence, and civic engagement.
I am the current Kansas State Director for the Midwest Sociological Society, co-advisor for the recognized student organization People Respecting Individuality and Diversity in Education (PRIDE), and I serve on several university committees. My community work includes SOS, Inc. as the Board Vice President. SOS serves families in four areas: child advocacy, C.A.S.A., child visitation and exchange, and crisis services. Additionally, I am a board member for Bloom House Youth Services, a new local organization to serve homeless youth in an LGBTQ+ friendly manner.