I am 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 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 reproductive technologies, women’s health, US politics, and feminist bioethics. Substantively, I examine the topic of egg donation to explore questions of gendered, partisan representation in legislative institutions, how gender shapes policymaking at the state level, and in what ways political institutions shape individuals’ experiences of technology, medicine, and reproduction in the US context. I teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in gender and politics, state politics, public policy, feminist theory, and reproductive ethics.
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.