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Graduate Student

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Women's Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Culture and Knowledge
    • Gender and Sexuality
  • About

    I am broadly interested in the ways that individual experiences of pain are translated into cultural knowledge and processes. I look specifically at the intersection of law and sexuality. For my dissertation, I am examining the process through which male sexual victimization becomes understood as a social problem in the US legal field. I analyze the ways that police officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, survivors, juries, and the media make sense of male rape. In addition, I look at the legal statutes and maneuvers that have been deployed in previous cases of male rape. I hope to insert sexual identity into the sexual violence literature and offer a more robust theorization of the intersection of law and sexuality than what currently exists.    Previous research examined moral panics about sexual trafficking. I looked at the ways that the transnational circulation of sensational narratives escalate Western anxieties about trafficking without actually resolving human rights violations.

  • Education
    • M.A. San Francisco State University, 2006
    • B.A. Indiana University, 2002
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Law & Sociology, Sex & Gender, Sexualities, Criminology, Media Studies
  • Dissertation Title
    • Trying Male Rape: Legal Renderings of Masculinity, Vulnerability, and Sexual Violence
  • Dissertation Committee
    • Elizabeth Armstrong (chair), Anna Kirkland, Karin Martin, Rachel Best