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Legislate This!/Trust Black Women, Georgia State Capitol, February 2010

 Legislate This!/Trust Black Women press conference, Georgia State Capitol, Atlanta, 2010 

My research is in the areas of social movements,  reproductive justice, law and society, and identity. Starting in 2014, I will be an Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara.  I am a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley. I am hosted by the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law. I am affiliated with the Departments of Gender and Women's Studies, Sociology and the Center for the Study of Law and Society.

 I am currently preparing my book manuscript Reproductive Justice for All: Identity Politics, Human Rights, and the (Re) Making of a Movement, which will be the first comprehensive scholarly treatment of the reproductive justice origins, dilemmas and possibilities. The book takes an interdisciplinary approach by bringing together sociology, history, law, political science, medicine and gender studies. The book draws on years of interviews, documents and participant observation to produce both a unique case study and a conceptual contribution to various literatures and activists.

I am also working on several articles. My (solo-authored) articles are some of the first peer-reviewed publications about the reproductive justice movement and appear in Annual Review of Law and Social ScienceResearch in Social Movements, Conflict, and Change, Sociological Inquiry,  Societies without Borders among others.   In 2011, I completed a joint PhD in Sociology and Women’s Studies at University of Michigan, where I also earned my Master's of Social Work in 2009. My dissertation was funded in part by a National Science Foundation Law and Social Science Dissertation Grant. In 2011-12, I was a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Wisconsin, Madison. I have taught a range of courses in multiple departments.