Public Work

Communicating research to improve communities.

Public Work

I plan on updating this page regularly with my non-peer reviewed writing and public-facing products resulting from my research.

I was proud to be a part of a departmental evaluation to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Below are a few snippets from the report that is available upon request.

Instances of unprofessional conduct include members of the department:

- Making racist, sexist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic comments

- Engaging in racial discrimination and discrimination against international students

- Dismissing the value of at least four of the 22 topics listed as central to the discipline by the

American Sociological Association (including race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality,

global issues, and inequalities and stratification)

- Professing an open disregard for research methods accepted by the American Sociological Association

- Engaging in lewd behavior

- Engaging in unethical research practices

- Abusing power within mentoring relationships

Students and faculty who experience unprofessional conduct report a higher level of reluctance to report their experiences for fear of retaliation. Those who do report unprofessional conduct experience an unwillingness of the department or faculty to respond to or address unprofessional conduct.

Minority students experience the department more negatively

Students of color were significantly less likely to respond positively to issues of overall comfort within the university and department, faculty interactions, student relationships, and ideological issues than white students were. Minority students were less likely to feel the department has a “long-standing commitment to racial and ethnic diversity,” and that the department “makes an effort to centrally integrate issues related to race and ethnicity into the curriculum.” In general students of color, non-male, and LGBQA were less likely to view interactions among students positively than were white, male, and heterosexual students.

Departmental factions contribute to aspects of a competitive and inequitable climate

Students and faculty who were interviewed reported departmental factions between quantitative researchers and qualitative researchers, with little in the way of communication or collaboration between these two sections of the department. Certain research methods and research topics were reportedly disparaged by some faculty members, making it difficult for faculty and students working within those areas to feel valued and be successful in the department. Few courses in the department covered diverse topics and research methods, and few students and faculty were successful at working within both the quantitative and qualitative areas of the department. This marginalization of specific research topics or research methods seemed to disproportionately affect students and faculty of color and LGBTQ identifying students and faculty.

The CNCS funds our work group lead by Dr. Pamela Paxton and we just got a shout out in their new video!

Responding to charlottesville 

This is a piece that a fellow graduate student, Jamie Carroll, and I decided we'd like to collaborate on while attending the American Sociological Association annual conference in Montreal. We had just witnessed a group of Canadians protesting the recent events in Charlottesville and wanted to put our perspective into the mix. 

Sociology blog post

Sociology blog post

On the Market

This is a blog post that I contributed to the sociology's blog about being on the market.