I am a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. I earned my B.A. in Sociology and English Writing in 2004 from DePauw University and my M.A. in Sociology in 2006 from Ohio State University. After earning my M.A., I spent three years working in marketing research first as an analyst and then as a project manager.
I primarily utilize quantitative methods
in my research, which focuses on gender inequality and family life. For example, in my dissertation research, I use 2012 International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) Family and Changing Gender Roles Module data to investigate cross-national patterns and outcomes of outsourcing household labor, taking into account individual-level and country-level gender inequality. Beyond my dissertation, I published chapters and encyclopedia entries in my area of interest. Specifically, my co-authors and I examine various inequalities in family life in our chapter "Unequal but Together: Inequality Within and Between Families," published in the Handbook of the Social Psychology of Inequality. I also explore gender inequalities in the division of household labor in the entries I contributed to The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Family Studies titled "Gender and Household Labor" and the "Second Shift."
I teach core sociological courses such as Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Social Research, and Statistics for Sociology. I am also currently teaching a writing-intensive course titled Family: A Global Perspective. My students know me as the instructor who actively blurs lines between textbook material and popular media. For example, in an introductory level course, I created a course Pinterest page and asked students to “pin” images and text relevant to our course material. For Introduction to Social Research and Statistics for Sociology, I relate methodological and statistical concepts to internet memes. My use of popular media in the classroom helps me achieve one of my pedagogical goals: to extend my students’ understanding of sociology beyond the classroom and into the everyday world.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Marcelino, and daughter, Augusta. I also enjoy running, swimming, reading, trying new recipes and restaurants, watching movies, and traveling.