educational background: Ph.D., Women's Studies and Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan (2006) M.S., Psychology, University of Michigan (2002) B.A., Women's Studies/Gender Studies and Psychology, Occidental College (2001)
research interests: My four areas of research include: women's sexualities, critical embodiment studies, radical feminism, and political activism (queer, antiwar, and feminist). Specifically, I am interested in women's subjective narratives about sexuality, questioning discourses of "liberated sex," how bodies respond to larger cultural norms and forces, and what might be at stake when women use their bodies as mechanisms of resistance. This work has examined such diverse topics as faking orgasms, fat resistance, body hair rebellions, menstrual synchrony, minimization of sexual violence, women's stories about masturbation and sex toys, and chastity pledging.
I also focus much attention on histories and narratives of radical feminism, particularly late 1960s and early 1970s activism, connections between anarchy and sexuality, and the lives of revolutionary women. My book, Valerie Solanas, examines iconoclast Valerie Solanas (author of SCUM Manifesto, shooter of Andy Warhol) as a contradictory, contentious, and significant figure for radical histories, while my newest book on radical feminism challenges existing narratives of radical feminism and its relevance to contemporary politics.
My queer/antiwar political activism research uses quantitative methods to explore what leads certain people to engage in activism and/or to recognize and act upon inequalities. Overlaps between social movements, intersectionality, minority stress, and heterosexual allies represent current lines of research in this area.
what's next? ::: A smorgasbord of new pieces: lesbian haunted houses, free bleeding, queer/crip readings of menstrual pain, trans coming-out process, how capitalism ruins sex, and sex without bodies ::: New qualitative research on women's sexuality (desire discrepancies, sexual safety) ::: New book on women, sex, and madness (forthcoming with Routledge) ::: New collection of feminist manifestos (forthcoming with Verso) ::: New book on women's body hair as a form of resistance