Gender, Masculinities, Friendship, Intimacy, Feminist theory, Intersectionality, Social psychology
B.A., DePauw University
I am interested in how intersecting identity factors (i.e. gender, race, class, and sexuality) and social contexts (i.e. gendered spaces) impact friendship experiences and outcomes. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and French from DePauw University in 2018. While there, I pursued an intensive three-year independent mixed-methods research project that took advantage of the school’s high level of fraternity and sorority involvement. My senior thesis uncovered how college men’s experiences with their same-gender best friends vary depending on (1) their fraternity involvement and (2) the gender composition of their living environment. Since starting my graduate career at UCSB in 2019, I have continued to research various aspects of men's friendship experiences. In my MA thesis, I used nationally representative data to better how race and ethnicity affect young adults’ best friendship closeness. In another project, I employ an original online survey and virtual interviews to explore how undergraduate students understand, experience, and rely on their friendships in the context of COVID-19. Moving forward, I plan to investigate how college men create, maintain, understand, and benefit from their friendships with each other, paying particular attention to the intersecting roles of race, class, and sexuality.
Teaching Assistant, Sociology Department, UCSB, October 2020 – present
Courses taught: Introduction to Sociology, Issues in Social Psychology, Social Inequalities
Undergraduate Honors Program Thesis Mentor (2), UCSB Sociology Department, October 2019 – present