Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and History
I earned my PhD from Brown University in History and have spent time as a fellow at Yale University, the University of Pittsburgh, the American Philosophical Society, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. A Hoosier by birth, my research has taken me all over the world--Iowa, Arizona, Alabama, Mumbai, and Berlin, to name just a few places. I study how humans learn about gender, sexuality, and reproduction by interacting with nonhuman animals in the context of agriculture and, more broadly, what queer and feminist analysis can tell us about food, animal welfare, and environmental politics. At the moment, I'm writing a book that examines how the human eugenics movement emerged out of the livestock breeding industry. I regularly teach a number of courses at Duke, including Introduction to LGBTQ Studies, Queer Theory, the Politics of Sexuality, and Food, Farming, and Feminism. In my spare time, I DJ a radio show on WXDU, I run, lift, and swim, and I watch a ton of television. I have unreasonably strong opinions about LGBTQ activism, powerlifting, Durham restaurants, techno and house music, and the golden age of NBA basketball (1979-1999).