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- 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. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in Urban Studies, The American Journal of Cultural Sociology, City & Community, Contexts, and the Annual Review of Sociology.
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 cultural theory, particularly through the work of W. I. Thomas, Pierre Bourdieu, and Michel Foucault.
My book analyzes 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. I employ undergraduate researchers to help me with this project, training them to work with recorded interview data and construct databases to track legal changes across countries and international organizations. Our lab is Prostitution Research: Understanding Debates in European Societies.
I grew up in a small Washington town in the Pacific Northwest, but have lived in Berlin, Helsinki, Oakland, Washington DC and Brussels. My other research interests include Scandinavian nationalisms, the Progressive Era (1880-1920), and the rhetoric of research methods. Tervetuloa virkani!