I am an assistant professor of sociology at Occidental College, a private liberal arts college in Los Angeles.
My research examines how everyday cultural constructions shape family processes, particularly at the nexus between embodiment and biomedical technologies. My past work has focused on how women's embodied experiences of side effects to hormonal birth control shape their understandings of self and decisions to forego using the methods, despite desires to avoid pregnancy. And, current work (with Katrina Kimport) examines how clinicians construct knowledge about side effects during contraceptive counseling visits. As a whole, my research in reproduction explores the limits of biomedical frameworks in explaining and understanding unintended pregnancy as a public health phenomenon.
I am currently working on my first book, Just Get on the Pill: Gender, Compulsory Birth Control, and Reproductive Injustice (under contract with University of California Press), which examines how taken-for-granted ideas about gender shape patterns of birth control use and inequality in relationships.
Before earning my Ph.D. from Stanford, I was a sociology and Spanish language & culture double-major at Occidental.
Photo credit: Marc Campos