College of the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences


Department of Sociology



Bizzini Hall B213

I was born in Massachusetts but was raised in the Arizona desert. After high school, I attended Arizona State University, where I majored in Justice Studies. As an undergrad, I had thought that law school was in my future, but somewhere along the line, I realized that I was more interested in issues of justice than the law itself, so I continued to look at other career possibilities. This is what led me to enter the graduate program in sociology at UCLA.

I was new to sociology when I started graduate school. What I discovered was a new way of seeing and understanding the world. The types of questions sociologists were trying to answer energized me. I wanted to be a part of that! 

Here we are, many years after I started down that path at UCLA, and I still feel exactly the same way: Teaching sociology feels like work that needs to be done. It feels essential in that way.  I’m so lucky to be the one who gets to do it!

Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles (Sociology)

M.A. University of California, Los Angeles (Sociology)

B.S. Arizona State University, Tempe (Justice Studies)