New York, NY
The Graduate Center, CUNY
I have been studying gender and sexuality since I was an undergraduate student at Dickinson College. I also have a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. I am currently a doctoral student in the Critical Social/Personality Psychology program, and member of SexGenLab at The Graduate Center, CUNY. My work uses critical feminist theories and methods to explore women and girls’ lived experiences of gender, desire and sexual identity through an intersectional and social justice lens. In particular, I have focused on examining issues of sexualization in the lives of diverse adolescents and young women through a variety of research methods (experiments, surveys, interviews, focus groups). I am particularly interested in ensuring that this work on sexualization is relevant to the young women I conduct research with and can be used to fuel social change. To this end, I received training in PAR at the Critical Participatory Action Research Institute through the Public Science Project at the Graduate Center. I have engaged in participatory methods in my own work with LGBTQ adolescents of color on issues of sexualization in school. I am also a Research Blogger and the Research Blog Editor for SPARK Movement, translating psychological research on sexualization and sexuality about young women, for adolescent girls and young women.