I work as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lynn University in Boca Raton, where I teach courses in Social Science Research Methods and Self and Society. I live in West Palm Beach, FL, with my husband Marc and my daughter Caroline. I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. At home, I am passionate about caring for animals, including our lab, Charlie, and our four rabbits. I also enjoy photography, cooking and gardening, particularly growing vegetables. My daughter and I are avid card-players and we all enjoy spending time at the beach and exploring different local hiking areas. All of these interests have deepened and been shaped by my personal concern for environmental issues, particularly human impacts on the environment. In the future, I hope to carry my personal environmental concerns and practices into the realm of civic engagement, and I hope that I can inspire my students to do the same with the issues that matter to them.
Professionally, I began my career in Sociology at the Community College of Rhode Island. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Clark University. Although I was a non-traditional student with a young child at home, my professors constantly pushed me beyond the boundaries of my coursework, providing opportunities for me to develop experience in teaching and research. The collegiality between teacher and student that I found at Clark empowered me to treat my education as a profession. As a result, I was able to push the boundaries of what I thought possible as an undergraduate student and have gained mentors and friends in my undergraduate professors. In my graduate studies at Boston College, I developed a pedagogical approach and a research agenda that is very much my own, but is also rooted in these earlier experiences. While at BC, I earned my Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Sociology with a focus on issues relating to globalization, the environment, and inequality.
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