about me

I’m currently a Federal Workplace Policy Analyst at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where my work focuses on coalition organizing and policy research to support women’s equality in U.S. workplaces and to help make working families’ lives more stable and secure. Currently our key issue campaigns include making the case for national paid family and medical leave and expanding access to paid sick days.

I also serve as a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and as a Honorary Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Formerly, I lectured in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching courses on feminist theory and gender in cross-cultural perspective.

I earned my Ph.D in Cultural Anthropology in 2015 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a Ph.D. minor in Russian, Central Asian, and East European Studies. My dissertation investigated the politics of gender and sexuality in Russia, examining how young feminist and LGBT activists made use of conflict to build solidarity within the anti-Putin opposition. That project was based on ethnographic fieldwork research conducted in Moscow in 2012 and 2013, an unexpectedly lively period for both street activism and state repression in Russia. You can find out more about my research here.

I earned my B.A. in Anthropology from DePauw University (summa cum laude, minor in Russian language) and my M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

I occasionally blog here about current events related to my research and I tweet from time to time here.