I am the Associate Director of the Rock Ethics Institute, as well as Associate Professor at Penn State University in the departments of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Political Science. My other positions include serving as the Professor in Charge of the Sexuality and Gender Studies Minor since 2018, and I am a member of the graduate faculty in the Bioethics Program at Penn State.
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 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 in 2013, 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. In 2005, I earned a BA in Politics (with honors) from Occidental College.