Current and Past Courses

Penn State University-Abington, Psychological and Social Sciences

  • Introductory Sociology
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Health & Society
  • Sociology of Gender 
  • Sociology of Deviance
  • Sociology of Sexuality

Whitman College, Department of Sociology

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Social Movements
  • Sociology of Sexuality

Ripon College, Department of Sociology & Gender Studies

  • Sociology of Sexualities
  • Sociology of the Body
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Introduction to Sociology

University of Michigan, Department of Sociology

  • Sociology of Marriage and Families
  • Sociology of Deviant Behavior
  • Criminology
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Sociology of Sexuality

Over the years, my teaching has encompassed a wide variety of topics, from gender and sexuality to social psychology and health.  In each course, I rely on my background in gender, deviance, and medical sociology to teach key concepts to students.  For example, in my Sociology of the Body course, we trace how changes to BMI categories created the perception of obesity as an "epidemic," and its effects on how people think about their health and appearance.  Similarly, when teaching deviance or gender, I use empirical evidence to show how understandings of normality have shifted over time, particularly around what we once thought of as a disease (i.e., alcoholism, cross-gendered appearance, and hysteria).

My instruction methods involve using an engaging approach of primary texts, lectures, and classroom discussions while utilizing media to bring the subject matter to life.  Hands-on exercises that stress sociological research methods, such as interviewing, ethnography, and content analysis, are incorporated into courses, so that students can see the link between data collection, analysis, and theory.  It is my belief that the more ways students have to learn (reading, writing, talking, viewing, and doing), the more engaged students become with the material.  Critical thinking first requires that students find a connection to the course, and using a varied, multi-media approach allows students to make the course (and sociology) relevant to their lives. 

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