I am a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL). I am also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at WUSTL. I am a Research Affiliate at the Centre de Recherche Ouest-Africain in Dakar, Senegal, the Editor of Student Anthropologist, and a contributor to a popular anthropology blog. I earned my MA in Anthropology from WUSTL in 2016.
My research interests are broadly related to reproductive health, rights, and technologies, but my dissertation research is focused on how men experience pregnancy - that is, as expectant fathers - in Dakar, Senegal, and how socially-constructed and maintained notions of gender shape those experiences and spaces. My theoretical expertise is in Gender Studies (and Masculinities, in particular), Post-Colonial Theory and Literature, and Science and Technology Studies. I'm also concerned with research methodology, conduct, and ethics. All three of these concerns arise in my use of photography and participatory action research. My work is funded in part by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program and the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program
I was an executive chef before I attended Cleveland State University to major in Anthropology and minor in both Biology and French. At Cleveland State, I began my research in Dakar with a project about medical plurality and then on men's reproductive health and sexual behaviors. I also participated in four years of archaeology field schools in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park as a site surveyor, led the Student Anthropology Association, and organized a number of anthropology-related events and fundraisers both on- and off-campus. I graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland State with my BA in 2013.