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, menstrual anarchy, body hair rebellions, 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 forthcoming 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, "good sex," free bleeding, and sex without bodies ::: New qualitative research on women's sexuality (sensory experiences of sex, vaginal wetness, and refusals) ::: Questioning "sexual liberation" rhetoric ("friends with benefits," women's sexualized emotional labor, etc.) ::: Contagion and the manifesto genre ::: The feminist manifesto reader (in development) ::: New book on four influential radical feminists (Ti-Grace Atkinson, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Kathie Sarachild, and Dana Densmore) (forthcoming with University of Washington PRess)