Originally from St. Louis, I arrived at the University of Missouri in 2000, with little idea of what I wanted to do with my life. After discovering Sociology in 2002 it was as if I knew, all at once, exactly what I would do. Fast forward a decade and three degrees later--all from Mizzou--and I had earned a Ph.D. in Sociology. Being awarded a Mizzou Advantage Postdoctoral Fellowship was the "icing on the cake" for my journey of matriculation at MU. Additionally, my postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Denver proved to be another excellent opportunity to work with extremely bright students and colleagues.
While I love my home state, and especially my family and friends who still reside in it, what kept me studying at Mizzou all those years was the environment of the sociology department. My relationships with the many faculty I worked with, in addition to the benefits of studying media & society in such close proximity to the country's first (and still one of the best) journalism schools, made my time studying at Mizzou well worth it. The knowledge, support, and friendships I acquired while in Columbia helped shape who I am and will stay with me forever.
Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. Lawrence University. Living in the "North Country" has been quite an adventure, as has been working with such amazing students and colleagues. In addition to my work, I am also an avid disc golfer. I enjoy travelling, the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.