I am currently a Doctoral Candidate at Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador. My dissertation studies childfree, never-married, single women of color. I will complete my program in June of 2024. My two comprehensive examination subjects were Inequality and Gender. I graduated from the University of California at Irvine in 1993 with Bachelor's degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Criminology. I obtained my Master’s degree in Sociology from the California State University, Dominquez Hills.
I have been teaching Sociology at two and four-year colleges/universities in California and Canada for over 24 years. I returned to academia to obtain my Ph.D. as a mature student. Some of the courses I have taught are introduction to sociology, social problems, marriage and family, criminology, introduction to policing, human sexuality, classical theory, contemporary theory, advanced social thought, race and gender, gender and crime, introduction to policing, and sociology of women.
I have also worked outside academia as a Local Evaluator, Safety Educator, and Health Educator working in extremely diverse communities. I have worked on state-funded projects such as teaching HIV/AIDS Awareness to incarcerated youth in California Youth Authority facilities. I taught correctional officers how to recognize and properly address individuals with developmental disabilities, and I have also worked for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as a Safety Educator where I helped to update the training material and developed the training strategies for other educators, as well as teaching children ages K-12 on how to protect themselves from sexual predators.