Empowered by the unique relationships and experiences had as an undergraduate student at Presbyterian College, I continued to explore my passion for learning and leadership as a graduate student at Ohio University. After completing a master’s degree in history in 2012, I transitioned into the doctoral program at OU where I earned candidate status in 2014. Like any good historian, I devoted much time to research and writing and am excited to be in the final stages of producingDeconstructing Sodom and Gomorrah, a dissertation that focuses on recent intersections of race, sexuality, and religion in the United States.
However, like any good Blue Hose, I could not contain my energy or excitement solely to the typical work of a historian. Instead, I continue to draw on many of the values learned at PC, advocating for social justice and fostering difficult community dialogues. For instance, I was a Visiting Instructor and Fellow in Ohio University’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and served on the board of Equality Ohio, the Buckeye State’s largest LGBTQ* policy institute and political action group. I was also named Ohio University’s 2014-2015 Doctoral Leader of the Year in recognition of my service to the institution and state.
In April 2015, I was appointed the inaugural Director of LGBTQ* Resources at the University of Kentucky. In this capacity, I will connect my passion for history with my desire to create more inclusive educational spaces as the university’s chief LGBTQ* advocate, educator, and organizer.