I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. In my dissertation, I track how gender affirming medicine is understood and utilized by providers, youth, and their families in the contemporary United States. Through clinical participant observation, in-depth interviews with experts and youth, as well as careful analysis of current trends in the clinical research on gender care, my dissertation explores interrelated logics of gender, temporality, and knowledge.
I hold an MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago, a BA from the Evergreen State College, and an AA from Tacoma Community College.
My research has been funded by the Robert Lemelson Foundation/Society for Psychological Anthropology, and more recently, a Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant. In 2018, my paper "Changing Our Bodies and Changing Our Selves: Bodily Interventions, Youth Futures, and the Possibilities of Gender" was awarded the Kenneth Payne Prize from the Association for Queer Anthropology.