A native of Seattle, WA, I received my B.A. in Sociology & American Ethnic Studies (Concentration: African-American Studies) from the University of Washington- Seattle in 2009. I received my M.A. in Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Middle Tennessee State University in 2013. I am currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati.

In addition to my doctoral studies, I currently work as the Managing Editor of Social Problems, the official journal of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. As the Managing Editor, I work with an amazing Editorial team and Student Board to run one of the discipline’s top peer-reviewed journals.
My academic success is, in part, due to the consistent support I’ve received from various programs, mentors, and funders throughout the years. As a first-generation college student, I’ve benefited from the University of Washington’s Upward Bound and Making Connections college-prep programs, I received the College Success Foundation’s Washington State Achiever’s Scholarship, and I also earned the Costco Diversity Scholarship.

Outside of exercising my sociological imagination, I enjoy cooking, traveling, knitting, spending time with family and friends, and caring for my two pet turtles, Flash and Titan.
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