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    Hello, and thanks for checking out my website!

    I am a qualitative medical sociologist whose research interests include structural determinants of health, health inequities, health decision making, social inequality, stigma, gender, embodiment, food-based health movements, and decision making around vaccination.  

    My scholarship focuses on health decision making in a neoliberal context. My primary research projects explore how individuals make the decision to have bariatric surgery in a climate of weight-based stigma and healthism as well as pre- and post-surgical embodiment experiences. My other research project examines how parents negotiate controversies around vaccination in making healthcare decisions for their families. 

    Both my research and my teaching are guided by a commitment to critical inquiry, interdisciplinarity, and social-justice.

    I am an Assistant Professor of Public Health at William Paterson University. From 2014-2016, I was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Eastern Connecticut State University. Prior to this I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Community Health in the School of Public Health at Hunter College, CUNY (2013-2014). I completed my PhD in Sociology from the City University of New York Graduate Center (May 2013). I earned previous Master's Degrees in Disability Studies (CUNY School of Professional Studies), in Sociology with a graduate certificate in Women's Studies (Temple University), and in Social Ecology (Goddard College).