ast_headshotI am a doctoral candidate in sociology at Case Western Reserve University. My research interests include medical sociology, social inequality, issues of race/class/gender, sociology of sport, qualitative methodology, aging, and the life course.

Using life story narratives of middle-class black women who run for exercise and leisure, my dissertation aims to understand the ways that these¬†women challenge dominant narratives about black women’s health and bodies, and how they adopt the runner identity despite this health lifestyle activity being predominantly white.

I am also working on a narrative study on the lived experiences of coping with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

When I’m not doing sociology, I enjoy working out, running, writing, cooking, hiking, traveling, and watching basketball (especially the Cleveland Cavaliers and Michigan State Spartans).