My research seeks to understand how the cultural and legal contexts within which people live shape their identities and family lives. The specific topics through which I have addressed this question include: lesbian women and gay men living in small towns; bisexual individuals coming out to family members; and same-sex couples raising children. My scholarship also serves as an exemplar for how to employ an intersectional approach in studies of identity and family.
My work is published in journals, including Journal of Marriage and Family, Gender & Society, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, and Qualitative Sociology and has been reprinted in anthologies and readers. My research has also received national awards and been covered in national media outlets, including Pacific Standard Magazine, Washington Blade, Jezebel, Mic., and Salon.
At UNL, I have taught Introduction to LGBTQ Studies, Sociological Theory, Contemporary Sociological Theory, and a graduate seminar focused on LGBTQ Families.