B.A. Psychology (2006) Creighton University; Ph.D. Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education (2011) Michigan State University. Publications: Journal of Social Theory in Art Education; QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking; Journal of Philosophy of Education. Educational Philosophy and Theory Awards: AERA Queer SIG Article of the Year (2014); Editors Choice [Discourse] (2014).

Personal Statement

I am an interdisciplinary scholar who works in philosophy, history, aesthetics, curriculum theory, and sexuality studies. I have an active writing practice.

Across my research, I have a concern for overlooked or under investigated subjects. My dissertation work was a philosophical analysis of research on sexuality and its impacts on the institution of schools (K-12 and higher education) at the level of practice, research, and policy. This work informs one of my current book projects on Queer Thriving that offers a historical and philosophical critique of sexuality research in education.

I am also working on a book-length manuscript with a colleague at the University of Georgia that explores the philosophy and history of "like"—as a word, linguistic tic, a feeling, and alternative to love, hate, and care. An early part of this project—"Toward a Theory of Liking"—was published in Educational Theory.

As a queer scholar, I am sensitive to the importance of including diverse voices and experiences in the classroom. I create a curriculum that allows my students to engage written texts through experiences grounded in our diverse communities. My goal in teaching is to develop our critical thinking and writing skills, along with our ability to debate issues in a constructive and agonistic manner. This is so we can speak to and about the lived realities of one another while developing our understanding of the course content.

Current Interests

My work is influenced by queer and feminist theories, pragmatism, histories of the working class, and post-structural ethics. Theorists that inform my thinking include Michel Foucault, Jacques Ranciere, Judith Butler, Gloria Anzaldua, James Baldwin, and William James.

My current interests include the role of aging in thinking about and through sexual politics and the challenges contemporary technologies raise for intimacy and education. I also have an on-going fascination with the educational insights and challenges of the Marquis de Sade.


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