My research is at the intersection of sociological inquiry into contemporary families, genders, sexualities, and bodies considered marginal, as well as social actors’ management of stigma and discrimination processes.

I completed my Ph.D. in Sociology and Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies at the University of Michigan, where I received interdisciplinary multi-method training in the social sciences and humanities. My research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and American Council of Learned Societies. I have served as elected Chair of the section on Sexualities of the American Sociological Association. I am currently the Director of Women's and Gender Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina.