I received my PhD  in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. My dissertation, “‘After These Horrendous Crimes, that Creature Forfeits his Rights:’ The Violent Sex Offender as Exceptional Criminal,” examined the role of religious, psychiatric, and popular representation in the creation of violent sex offender legislation in the United States, and the feedback of that criminal category into systems of sexual identity. In 2011-2012, I served as one of the Neuroethics Fellows at the Emory Center for Ethics. My final year of doctoral work was supported by a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. Currently, I am a Class Adviser and Associate Faculty at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University and a Visiting Research Fellow in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Born  in New York City,  I spent most of my life in the Hudson Valley region of upstate New York. I received my BA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Yale University in 2004.  I worked for the William S. Richardson School of Law in Honolulu, HI before beginning my doctoral work at Emory University in 2007. When I am not writing or teaching, I spend a large part of my free time building random things and hoping they stay standing.