I am an Acting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Indiana University Kokomo and a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Indiana University Bloomington. 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 outcomes of outsourcing household labor cross-nationally, taking into account 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."
Another focus of my work is on the scholarship of teaching and learning. My most recent publication co-authored with Dr. Amanda Miller, University of Indianapolis, details the process of "Integrating a Collaborative Survey Research Project" as a class assignment or activity in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. I have also published co-authored work titled "Betwixt and Between: The Social Position and Stress Experiences of Graduate Students" in Teaching Sociology.
At Indiana University Kokomo, I teach core sociological courses such as Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems and Policies (taught online), and Methods of Sociological Research. I also teach courses that reflect my research interests including Gender Roles (taught Spring 2018), The Family (scheduled for Spring 2019), and Sociology of Childhood (scheduled for Summer 2019). In my teaching I incorporate hands-on assignments and service learning to achieve one of my pedagogical goals: to extend my students’ understanding of sociology beyond the classroom and into the everyday world. For example, students enrolled in Introduction to Sociology during the Spring 2018 semester learned about educational inequalities in the U.S. in the form of access to early childhood education by partnering with Kokomo's Very Early Childhood Education Center (VECEC). Students visited the VECEC, hosted Dr. Marilyn Skinner (director of the VECEC) for a guest talk during class, and coordinated a book drive for the VECEC on campus and in local businesses. Lastly, students applied for and were awarded Indiana University Kokomo's Sustainability Day Service Award for their efforts, and were able to use the award monies to purchase new tote bags for the VECEC and additional books.
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.