My qualitative research on cisgender women's partnerships with transgender men has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, Gender & Society, Journal of Marriage and Family, and the Journal of Lesbian Studies. My book, Queering Families: The Postmodern Partnerships of Cisgender Women and Transgender Men, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. This research has been recognized through awards from the National Council on Family Relations and the sections on Sexualities and Sex and Gender of the American Sociological Association.
In an ongoing mixed-methods project, I pursue two distinct populations in the era of the "obesity epidemic": 1) college students and their attitudes about fatness and 2) fat-acceptance advocates and activists. I juxtapose data from these sources to explore how attitudes about weight, weight management attempts, and disclosures about these attitudes and attempts, simultaneously reflect and fissure notions of responsible social citizenship, health, and sociopolitical group membership.
From 2017-2020, I will be working as the United States co-Investigator on the project, "Pregnant Men: An International Exploration of Trans Male Experiences and Practices of Reproduction," (PI: Sally Hines, Leeds University). For this project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, I will be conducting all United States interviews as well as focus groups in New York and San Francisco.
I have served in nationally-elected positions, as the Secretary/Treasurer of the section on Body and Embodiment, and as a Council Member in the section on Sexualities, in the American Sociological Association. My earlier work includes collaborative research examining Americans' beliefs about the potential genetic etiology of perceived gender, race, class, and sexual orientation differences and their associations with beliefs about the existence of group-directed prejudice, discrimination, and social inequalities.