I came to Sociology in a roundabout way.  I began with a B.S. in Biology because of my interest in pursuing a medical degree.  I decided to learn a little more about medicine before committing, so got a Master of Public Health.  During that course of study, I began my critical evaluation of medicine, which led me to a Ph.D. in Sociology focused on medical sociology.  I have been teaching at Purchase College since 2009.  My current research involves the creation of families through assisted reproductive technologies, which builds on my dissertation research on prenatal genetic testing technologies.  My interest in technologies is also reflected in another ongoing project looking at the ways online social networking may influence the formation and continuation of relationships and identity.  I am interested in the sociology of genetics, medicine, families, races, sexualities, genders, technologies and the interplay between all of these topics over the life course.  I'm moving into research on aging and technologies, specifically in relation to Alzheimer's Disease.

B.S.                        Biology

                              Stephens College, Columbia, MO


M.P.H.                  Preventive Medicine & Epidemiology            

                               Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD


Ph.D.                     Sociology                                    

                              University of California, San Francisco, CA