As a scholar, I've always been interested in the intersections between history and social forces writ large. My work asks, how do marginalized people find autonomy and freedom in societies hellbent on controlling and dehumanizing them? What can history tell us about how we got to where we are today? Whose stories have been uplifted and whose erased? For what ends? Which perspectives still need to be written?
I started my career writing about the history of sexuality, specifically LGBTQ social movements in the US and Western Europe. This led me to write about more contemporary LGBTQ movements for justice, such as those fighting the passage of Proposition 8 in California. During my Ph.D, I completed a multi-year research project on LGBTQ youth cultures at US women's colleges, Title IX and trans rights, and the problems of racism, classism, and femmephobia even in spaces aiming to be progressive and inclusive.
Since becoming increasingly aware of the urgent need to dismantle white supremacy, I've turned my attention to right-wing extremist movements, in particular pagan groups that align themselves with white supremacist ideologies. I continue to write and research on issues of racial justice and also continue to pursue scholarly interests in queer femininity and feminism. These diverse projects are cataloged below in reverse chronological order.