733 Gladfelter Hall
Temple University 2008
--BA, Sociology and Women's Studies
Pennsylvania State University 2006
areas of expertise
Race and Ethnicity
--Ethnicity and the Immigrant Experience in the U.S.
--Politics of Identity
--Gender in America
--Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
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I once had a sociology professor who would playfully challenge us to find a more fulfilling occupation than his. This was my junior year of college, and at that point, sociology became more than my stepping stone toward a law degree; it became my future.
Temple University has strengthened this resolve, and as a PhD student here, I have grown in immense ways. My professors, colleagues, and students have helped to define which kind of sociologist I wish to become, amidst the tremendous flexibility within my profession. No matter our location, we sociologists are constantly questioning our surroundings and looking for answers to our inquisitions (most often spoken in soliloquy). Because of the dynamic nature of our society, I am always learning, always evolving.
Teaching and research provide me with a chance to share my enthusiasm for topics I find particularly thrilling. My interests lie in social identities and the political processes surrounding these identities. My dissertation, titled "Race Matters: The Importance of Race in Explaining White and Black Party Alliances," explores these curiosities. Utilizing quantitative and qualitative methods, I aim to flesh out the convoluted meaning that racial identity and racial ideologies contribute to voters' party affiliations. Despite what Karl Rove's red and blue map would have us believe, Americans do not simply fall into a bi-partisan system. For instance, some vote against deeply held moral beliefs in favor of economic benefit; yet others put religious convictions above any cost-benefit analysis. This makes my job complicated and full of surprises.
When I'm not focusing my efforts on my dissertation, I can be found voraciously reading about the 2012 election, discussing politics and religion at the dinner table (against the advisement of "Miss Manners"), and staying active in the beautiful city of Philadelphia.