I came to Elmira College in 2005. I received my BA from Swarthmore College (in Sociology and Anthropology) and my PhD from the University of Minnesota in Sociology. I teach in both the Sociology and Anthropology Program and in Women’s Studies. Currently, I am the Coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program on campus.
I also teach a class that travels to India, where students have the chance to examine gender and globalization issues while spending three weeks traveling and visiting important cultural, religious, and historic sites. I also regularly take students to Brazil, where we look at multiculturalism, economics, and society as we visit the Amazon, Rio de Janeiro, and the Afro-Brazilian capital of Salvador de Bahia.
My research interests are in two areas: work on national identity in Europe, and work on the social construction of gender and race. My dissertation work was completed in Norway, where I spent several years doing fieldwork on the creation of Norwegian identity in the face of the European Union.
Elmira College, I am the faculty advisor for students pursuing a
Fulbright Fellowship. I am also the one of the organizers of the Student Research Conference every May. I am the faculty advisor for the Multicultural Center Student Advisory Board.
I really enjoy teaching, and I enjoy working with students both in and out of the classroom. I also enjoy doing research with students, and taking students to regional or national academic conferences. Teaching at a small liberal arts college like Elmira College has been a wonderful opportunity to teach broadly, work with promising students, and share my interest in international studies.