Photo courtesy of Petri Tuohimaa
- BA Sociology, The George Washington University (1997)
- MPhil Sociology, Oxford University (1999)
- PhD Sociology, University of California, Berkeley (2008)
My research investigates the public regulation of private pleasures, especially how communities try to control sexuality or alcohol. Courses I teach include urban sociology, the sociology of sexuality, law & society, and seminars on alcohol and prostitution. In all of these we focus on writing skills, argumentation, and the interaction between sociological methods and theories.
I am writing a book about recent European conflicts over prostitution regulation, research that was funded in part by a Fulbright Scholarship to the European Union and a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship. My work has appeared in City & Community, Contexts, and the Annual Review of Sociology.
I grew up in a small Washington town in the Pacific Northwest, but have lived in Berlin, Helsinki, Oakland, Washington DC and Brussels. Some of my other research interests include Scandinavian nationalisms (puhu mulle!), the Progressive Era in the Untied States (1880-1920), and the rhetoric of research methods.