I am a PhD candidate in the Linguistics Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I specialize in sociocultural linguistics, and my research focuses on the discourses of sexual ethics among Baptists in the United States. I’m also the Director of Professional Development at UCSB’s Graduate Division, where I provide resources and support to graduate students as they navigate the professional world of grad school and beyond.
The driving force behind all of my work is a desire to help people communicate better about complex topics. I believe that when we are equipped with both knowledge and empathy, we can connect across boundaries in meaningful ways.
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Constructing covenant: Discourse and dialogicality in the formation of Baptist sexual ethics. 116th American Anthropological Association Conference, Washington, D.C. (November 29-December 3, 2017)
I am currently running an anonymous online survey on faith and sexuality among Christians in the United States. The survey is open to individuals 13 years and older of all faith backgrounds (non-Christian, little or no faith background, “it’s complicated,” etc.), and I’m specifically targeting people who are currently or previously part of Baptist communities.