I am an associate professor of sociology at the University of Oregon. My work examines race, gender, and reproduction. I am particularly interested in social cognition and the consequences of meaning-making for sexual and reproductive behavior. My research agenda centers projects that interrogate how everyday cultural constructions shape family processes, particularly at the nexus between embodiment and biomedical technologies.
I currently have three major projects—a book on reproductive justice and the gendered politics of pregnancy prevention (published with UC Press in August 2021), a project on the social construction of sex, and a project on family planning paradigms. I am centrally concerned with the intersection between the biological and the social in sex and fertility.
Broadly, I am motivated by exploring the limits of biomedical frameworks in explaining and understanding unintended pregnancy as a public health phenomenon, as well as theorizing the social underpinnings of fundamental life processes that are often taken for granted as natural.
Before earning my Ph.D. from Stanford, I was a sociology and Spanish language & culture double-major at Occidental.
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