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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, pre- and post-surgical embodiment experiences, and the post-operative relationship between bariatric patients and their home surgical clinics. My other research project examines how parents negotiate controversies around vaccination in making healthcare decisions for their families. Future research plans include an exploration of food-based health movements which see the gut (and particularly the microbiome) as the seat of health.

    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).