Assistant Professor of Sociology
B.A., 2011, University of California-Berkeley
M.A., 2015, University of California-Santa Barbara
Ph.D., 2019, University of California-Santa Barbara
Areas of Expertise
- Race, Class, and Gender
- Ethnographic Methods
Courses Currently Teaching
|SO224 A||Sociology of Globalization|
|SO227 A||Urban Sociology|
|SO276 A||Sociology of Gender|
|SO372 A||Qualitative Research Methods|
I use ethnographic methods to examine how intersections of race, class, and gender function in dialogue with globalization. I’m especially interested in how these dynamics unfold in urban environments. Growing up in the California Bay Area fueled my general concern for how social inequalities are masked and mediated in multiracial spaces.
My current project focuses on entrepreneurial Black women who drive the township hospitality market in Cape Town, South Africa. Pinpointing township tourism as a site of postcolonial narrative production, I delineate the link among intimate service labor, the construction of authenticity, and perceptions of the post-apartheid nation.
My work has won recognition from the American Sociological Association’s Race, Gender, and Class and Culture sections and the Society for the Study of Social Problems’ Teaching Social Problems division. You can read some of my publications here.
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