I am a Researcher at Insight Policy Research where I leverage my experience with qualitative methods to support dynamic research projects on federal policies and programs, including food and nutrition assistance programs, healthcare initiatives, and military personnel issues.
I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Maryland-College Park. My dissertation examined the significance of the "wounded warrior" construct in the lives of wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. I analyzed how this new social category impacts the everyday lived experiences of today's wounded, injured, and ill veterans.
I also work with Dr. Meredith Kleykamp on research that tracks the perceptions and expectations of servicemembers as they transition out of the military and in to the civilian labor market.
Meredith and I run a blog, Veteran Scholars, where we aim to cultivate engaging and relevant scholarly discourse about the military and veteran community featuring relevant scholars and research.
I teach Sociology and Social Science courses at Ashford University as an online associate faculty member.
I am a former military spouse and served on the 2015-2017 advisory board for the Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN).
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Beloit College (which you may know from the mindset list), and I'm fiercely proud of my liberal arts education.
I'm a Colorado native, but San Diego stole my heart a couple years ago.
Outside of my professional life, I love to be active and spend time outdoors with my Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy (who will forever be a puppy in my heart).