Personal Statement

I received my Ph.D. from Michigan State University's College of Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education in 2011. I am an interdisciplinary scholar who works in philosophy, history, literary studies, curriculum theory, and sexuality studies.

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. I am currently working on a book-length manuscript with a colleague at the University on Notre Dame that explores the philosophy and history of "like"—as a word, linguistic tic, a feeling, and alternative to love, hate, and care. In addition, I am starting a historical study of the school bus and school bus drivers as a central, albeit overlooked, component of American Public Education.

My work has been published in Educational Theory, Sex Education, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, Social Justice Research, the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, and the Journal of LGBT Youth. Additionally, I have a number of books chapters in various edited collected on queer issues in education, popular culture, and teacher education.

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, John Dewey, and Franz Fanon.

My current interests include the history of the school bus and thinking through the various ways the work "like" does for us in the 21st Century, and the philosophical ideas of the Marquis de Sade. In addition to these interests (my current research agenda), I am currently reading in the area of Science and Technology Studies (e.g., Bruno Latour) and feminist science (e.g., Elizabeth Grosz) to further cultivate my understandings of science and technology.


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