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

Photo by Bonnie Chan 


I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara.  My research is in the areas of social change, sociology of law, health and inequality. Specifically, I am interested in social movements, human rights and reproduction with an emphasis on the effects of intersecting inequalities within and across these sites.  

I was the lead author of the Reproductive Justice review article in the 2013 volume of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science. My work has also published in Research in Social Movements, Conflict and ChangeSociological InquiryFeminist Studies; and Societies without Borders: Social Science and Human Rights. I am working on a book manuscript on the reproductive justice movement entitled Reproductive Justice for All: Identity, Rights, and the (Re) Making of a Movement.This research was funded by multiple sources including the National Science Foundation. 

I serve on the American Sociological Association’s Public Understanding of Sociology committee and the ASA’s Human Rights section council. I am co-editor and co-creator of the University of California Press book series, Reproductive Justice: A New Vision for the 21st Century

I earned a joint PhD in Sociology and Women’s Studies from University of Michigan, where I also earned a Masters of Social Work. I was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley affiliated with the Departments of Gender and Women's Studies, Sociology and the Center for the Study of Law and Society hosted by the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law . I was also the Mellon Sawyer Seminar Human Rights Postdoc at University of Wisconsin. I currently teach in the areas of reproduction and social movements.