I am a sociologist studying how social inequalities shaped by family, gender, and work influence health within various and often understudied social contexts.
One stream of my research focuses on not only what people are doing at work or within their families, but how they feel about their labor in these roles--and how this in turn impacts their health and relationships. I also examine how coupled individuals define and conceptualize both their own roles as well as their partner’s roles. I have studied these processes primarily within rural and farming families, as this context involves balancing several types of work and family roles. Other projects focus on farm women specifically, exploring gender identity/self-perception as well as farming identity and employment motivations.
Within other social contexts, my work demonstrates a commitment to understanding the consequences of social inequality for members of marginalized and underserved groups including sexual and gender minorities, racial/ethnic minorities, and important intersections of these identities and family/relationship statuses.
Merging my interests in exploring health and well-being across social contexts, I also explore variations in adults' health science knowledge by religion, gender, and levels of rurality.
I earned my PhD in Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.