I teach courses on gender, race, and science to bridge the gap between the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields. My teaching and research attend to how histories of violence and racism are enveloped into scientific knowledge production. My classes are interdisciplinary and are cross listed in Anthropology, Gender Studies, Education, Sociology, and American Studies.
I have experience teaching in large public research institutions and small liberal arts colleges. I am a proud and dedicated mentor to students. As a former pre-med, and McNair scholar, I know the challenges of making interdisciplinary career decisions. I have successfully guided students into careers in women’s and gender studies, anthropology, public health, and medicine. I currently teach at Purdue University
What are ethnographic methods? What is a feminist approach to ethnography? And what is an ethnography? This course addresses these questions by situating ethnographic methods within feminist epistemologies. A feminist approach to ethnographic methods attends to dynamics of race, gender, and power that shape the ethics of doing research. In addition, the class will explore forms of engaged research that reflect the political stakes of producing knowledge.
Race, Gender, and Science: Exploring Feminist STS
This seminar examines the production of scientific knowledge with an attention to race, gender, and power. Students will be introduced to the interdisciplinary field of Feminist Science and Technology Studies (STS), which is guided by three key areas: the question of women in science; racial and gender biases in science; and feminist epistemologies.
The Body: Across Medicine, Science, and Public Health
This course explores the body, across medicine, society, reproduction, and feminist science studies. It covers anthropological and feminist orientations that ground conceptual approaches to understanding the body within social theory. The course reviews different examinations of the body including sex, gender, race, reproduction and bodily image/representations. It examines how biomedicine frames the body through diagnosing, treatment, and standardization. It explores feminist science studies approach to understanding the entanglements of bodies within nature-culture and the environment.
Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
This is an introductory course to Women’s and Gender Studies. The study of women’s, gender, and sexuality involves an understanding of power, the concept of social construction, and the role that binary categories play in social organization. Therefore, most of the literature included in this course relates to and discusses the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, bodily ability, and class. Through texts, media examples, and assignments, students will be exposed to micro and macro forms of activism.