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 three areas of research include: women's bodies and sexualities, 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 toy usage, 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 revolutionary women. My forthcoming 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.
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. Overlap between social movements, intersectionality, minority stress, and heterosexual allies represent new lines of research in this area.
what's next? ::: new qualitative research on women's sexuality ::: questioning "sexual liberation" rhetoric ("friends with benefits," women's sexualized emotional labor, etc.) ::: activism and pedagogy, particularly menstrual activism ::: new book of essays on menstruation and resistance ::: new book on four influential radical feminists (Ti-Grace Atkinson, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Kathie Sarachild, and Dana Densmore) ::: political activism in Appalachia and beyond ::: the body in revolt