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 queer/antiwar activism. 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, 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 next book, Valerie Solanas, examines Valerie Solanas (author of SCUM Manifesto, shooter of Andy Warhol) as a contradictory, contentious, and significant figure for radical histories.
My queer/antiwar 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 "genital panics" (genital self-image, menstruation, masturbation, sex toys, pubic hair) ::: questioning "sexual liberation" rhetoric ("friends with benefits," emotional labor, etc.) ::: activism and pedagogy ::: new book of essays on gender and sexuality, Insurgent desires ::: menstrual activism ::: the body in revolt