In a nutshell, I am a compellation of stories, experiences, and histories all wrought through avenues of profound joy, laughter, of sorrow and grief, of resiliency and fortitude - always a story in the process of evolving. Mostly, I am a mother, friend, partner and sister. I am a peer, colleague, teacher and student - insatiably curious as to how it is we come to be who we are and the potentialities of/in expressing our humanity. These curiosities – this insatiable quest - has guided my journey as parent, (the Interpersonal realm) parent educator, program director, trainer, (both Organizational and Interpersonal) and finally here to Ohio University where I finished both an undergraduate and Masters degree in Health Communication.
My primary focus continues to be in Health Communication with secondary areas of study in Organizing and Relating, and Women’s Studies. I particularly cherish learning both with and about women; firmly adhering to the belief that the personal is indeed political. Increasingly intrigued with recognizing and articulating men as
reproductive beings, I am beginning to query the ways in which this
perspective might influence a shift in the topography of sexual stigma,
and the potential for consequential shifts in the burdens women bear -
in all societies - with regards to reproductive health, education,
violence, and access to health. Additionally, I am deeply committed to the understanding that learning
with, through, and about other cultures is essential to our growth as a
species and planet - and - that this learning co-exists on both an
intimate and global landscape.
I primarily study issues framing women’s health, sexuality/stigma and reproduction from multiple perspectives and with a variety of theoretical tools. I focus a rhetorical lens most often with a commitment to feminist poststructural theory. I am a firm believer in the foundations that guide narrative theory and look to the ways in which stories shape and re-shape our lives as personal, historical, social and global beings. I aspire to further enhance my skill and ethnographic experience with an equal propensity for critical ethnography.
My research projects have included participant observation, personal interviews, mapping and discourse analysis. I study rhetorical representations of medication that would both control and/or eliminate menstruation for young girls and women. I have been studying the trajectory of the vaccine Gardasil, from the approval phase on through the campaigns to promote compliance with a protocol.
My most recent endeavors have included HIV/AIDS research in Botswana, Africa. Here, i have been drawn by the stories of women and children and recognition that at the heart of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, both deeply personal and profoundly political consequences manifest for us all.
I never cease to be awed in the confluence of lives, structures, and institutions - all at once- immensely complex, tragic and hopeful.
I love to laugh, dance, run, lift weights and read. I play with photography, I value my health and cherish my family, friends and all those who join me on this remarkable journey.