I am the Sherwin Early Career Professor in the Rock Ethics Institute and an assistant professor at Penn State University, where I am dually appointed in the departments of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Political Science. I am the Professor in Charge of the Sexuality and Gender Studies Minor for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. I am graduate faculty in the Bioethics Program, where I served as interim director for the 2014–2015 academic year.
My scholarship lies at the intersection of human biotechnologies, women’s health, US politics and policy, and feminist bioethics.
My book, Between Families and Frankenstein: The Politics of Egg Donation in the United States, was published in June 2018 by the University of California Press. This work was recently featured in the Washington Post and the UC Press Blog.
I teach and mentor students in the fields of gender and politics, state politics, public policy, feminist theory, and reproductive ethics at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University, with a concentration in women and politics. From 2012 – 2013, I was a grant-funded (National Institutes of Health) visiting faculty associate at the Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law in the Department of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University. Previous to my graduate work, I received a BA in Politics (with honors) from Occidental College.