Associate Director, Feminist Research Institute, University of California, Davis (2016-present)
Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, University of California, Davis (2015-2016)
Associate Director, Center for the Humanities, University of California, San Diego (2013-2015)
Lecturer, Communication, University of California, San Diego (2014-2015)
Lecturer, American Studies, University of Wyoming (2007-2013)
Lecturer, American Studies and Textiles & Clothing, University of California, Davis (2009-2013)
Graduate Student Researcher, Davis Humanities Institute (2009-2012) Institute for Transportation Studies (2012), Textiles & Clothing (2007-2009), University of California, Davis
PhD in Cultural Studies, June 2013, University of California-Davis, Davis, California
Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory & Research
- Dissertation: Mechanical Intuitions: The Origins and Growth of Mountain Biking. Co-chairs: Joe Dumit and Carolyn de la Peña; Committee member: Simon Sadler.
Interests: social justice, feminist practice, transportation equity, environmental studies, digital humanities, science & technology, publicly engaged scholarship, sport
M.A. in American Studies, August 2007, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming.
- Thesis: “Construction of the Female Body in Action: A Study of Women’s Sport Uniforms.” Chair: John Dorst; Committee members: Frieda Knobloch & Sonya Meyer.
M.A. in English, August 2002, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
B.A. in English & Spanish, December 2000, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
PUBLICLY ENGAGED SCHOLARSHIP AND SERVICE
- Founder of Bicicultures, a bicycle justice research-as-practice collaboratory
- Curator of the Mountain Biking History and Culture Archive (http://bikinghistory.com) and mentor for six undergraduate interns in digital public archival work
- League of American Bicyclists equity consultant (2013-15)
- Bike San Diego volunteer and consultant (2014-15)
- City of Davis Bicycle Advisory Commissioner (2010-2013)
- Davis Bike Collective President, Core Volunteer, and Women-Trans-Friends Night Coordinator (2008-2013)
- UC Humanities Forum correspondent blogger for UC Davis (2012-2013)
- Health in Winters activist group advisor (2013)
- Workshop leader for Anti-Oppression training at Bici!Bici!, a regional conference for community bike projects (2011)
- Workshop leader for Meeting Facilitation and Consensus training at Bike!Bike!, an international conference for community bike projects (2010)
- The Value of Fun: Making Mountain Biking, a manuscript in preparation for submission to University of Nebraska Press.
- “Imagining Highways Otherwise” in preparation for submission.
- “New Paradigms of Nature and Design” in preparation for submission.
- “The Origins of Mountain Biking and Battles over ‘Appropriate’ Experiences of Nature” in The Bicycle in Environmental History, University of Oregon Press, 2016.
- “The Freedom of Choice…” in Our Bodies, Our Bikes,” Microcosm Press, 2016.
- “Body Like a Rocket: Performing Technologies of Naturalization” thirdspace: a journal of feminist thought and culture, 2010,
- “Entangling the Fashion Subject through the African Diaspora: From Not to (K)not in Fashion Theory” Fashion Theory, Co author with Susan B. Kaiser, 2010, p. 361-386.
AWARDS AND GRANTS
- UC Davis Provost Dissertation Year Fellowship (2012-2013)
- UC California Studies Consortium Research Workgroup award for digital archive creation on Bicycling Cultures and California (2012)
- UC Davis Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning first-year seminar grant (2012)
- Center for Women & Research research grant (2012)
- UC California Studies Consortium travel grant (2010, 2011)
- Society for the Social Studies of Science travel grant (2010, 2011)
- Davis Feminist Film Festival selection for “Fifty-Fifty,” a film on roller derby (2009)
- Center for Women & Research grant for Gendered Bodies at Play research group (2009)
- Center for Women & Research travel grant at University of California-Davis (2008)
- University of Wyoming graduate school and American Studies travel grants (2005)
- Division I Athletic Directors Association Program of Excellence Award for highest quality in student services (2005)
- NCAA CHOICES grant for Alcohol Education program (2004)
- University of Wyoming Center for Teaching & Learning course design award for the creation of a class on Women in Sport (2003)
- Marquette University Athletic Scholarship for Cross Country/Track & Field (1997-2002)
- Advertising and Society at UC San Diego (COMM 109) Spring 2014 Instructor
- Cultural Politics of Sport at UC San Diego (COMM 111T) Winter 2014 Instructor
- Cultural Diversity in America at University of Wyoming (AMST 2110) Summer 2007-2013 Instructor
- Technology in American Culture: Building Sustainable Bodies at UC Davis (AMS 005) Summer 2013 Instructor
- Built Environment at UC Davis (STS 165) Summer 2012 Instructor
- Mountain Biking History, Culture, and Innovation at UC Davis (FRS 002) Spring 2012 Co-Instructor
- Material Culture at UC Davis (AMS 021) Summer 2011 Instructor
- Sport, Fitness & Culture at UC Davis (AMS 101G) Spring 2011 Instructor
- Style and Cultural Studies at UC Davis (TXC 007) Summer 2009 Co-Instructor
- Technology in American Culture at UC Davis (AMS 005) Fall 2011 Teaching Assistant
- Introduction to Cultural Anthropology at UC Davis (ANT 002) Winter 2011 Teaching Assistant.
- Material Culture at UC Davis (AMS 021) Spring 2008, Fall 2008 Teaching Assistant
- Science and American Culture at UC Davis (AMS 001A) Fall 2007 Teaching Assistant
- Women in Sport at University of Wyoming (WMST 1020/HLSC 1020) Fall 2004-2006 Instructor
- “Being an Academic Online” Center for the Humanities Workshop Series, February 2016, UC San Diego
- “Equity and Everyday Knowledge in Bicycling Research and Advocacy” Critical Ecologies Research Forum, April 2014, UC San Diego
- “Academic Industries” Internet Industries, March 2014, UC San Diego
- “Sporting Cyborgs,” Communication Junior Seminar, February 2014, UC San Diego.
- “Using Omeka in Research and Teaching”, a digital archival software workshop at THATCamp, 2013 & 2014, UC Berkeley and UC San Diego.
- “Embodied Methods for American Studies” Methods in American Studies, November & March 2013, UC Davis
- “The Institutional Life of Cultural Studies” Graduate Group in Cultural Studies Colloquium Series, February 2011, UC Davis
- “Material Culture Analysis: Objects of Resistance” Theory and Histories of Sexuality, February 2011, UC Davis
- “Writing and Digital Scholarship,” Graduate Group in Cultural Studies Colloquium Series, 2008, UC Davis
- “The Afterlife of Cultural Studies” Cultural Studies Association, May 2015, Riverside, California.
- “Stories from the Field,” Humanists@Work, February 2015, San Diego, California.
- “Crafting Complexities in Public Engagements: The Bicicultures Project” Society for the Social Studies of Science, August 2014, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- “Algorithmic Pleasures and Evasions” Contours of Algorithmic Life, May 2014, Davis, California.
- “Contesting Natures, Contesting Histories” Bicicultures Roadshow: Critical Studies of Bicycling Symposium, April 2013, Davis, California.
- “From Appetite Seminar to Critical Mass? Histories of Contested Space in Mountain Biking” American Association of Geographers, April 2013, Los Angeles, California.
- “The Origins of Mountain Biking and Battles over ‘Appropriate’ Experiences of Nature” American Society of Environmental History, April 2013, Toronto, Ontario.
- “Designing Flow: Bicycles, Nature, and Bodies as Intra-Acting Objects” American Anthropological Association, November 2012, San Francisco, California.
- “The Right to Escape the City: Experimentation and Conflict in the Early Days of Mountain Biking” North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, November 2012, New Orleans, Louisiana
- “Exploring Attitudes toward Bicycling” Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference, September 2012, Long Beach, California.
- “What the Origins of Mountain Biking Can Teach Us About Everyday Transportation” UC Transportation Center Student Conference, April 2012, Davis, California.
- “Affective Ethics of Technological Innovation” Society for the Social Studies of Science, November 2011, Cleveland, Ohio.
- “Pushing the Body and Saving the Earth: The Subcultural Origins of Mountain Biking.” American Studies Association, October 2011, Baltimore, Maryland.
- “Politics and Pleasures of Bicycling” Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium, UC Davis, April 2011, Davis, California.
- “Painting the Open Road: Spatial Politics of Bike Lanes and Affective Bodies in Motion.” Cultural Studies Association, March 2011, Chicago, Illinois.
- “Encounters with Ghosts and the Ethics of our Writing Body-Machines.” Society for the Social Studies of Science, August 2010, Tokyo, Japan.
- “Making Bodies Like Rocket: Enhancement and Evolution of Natural Bodies.” American Studies Association, November 2009, Washington, DC.
- “Training for Optimal Performance: How to Increase your Academic Output in 30 Days or Less.” Society for the Social Studies of Science, October 2009, Washington, DC.
- “Gender Jammer: A Multi-media Exploration of Roller Derby as Performative Transgression.” Co-presenter with Denise Nicole Green. Thinking Gender, UCLA, February 2009.
- “Gender Goes High-Tech: Intersection of Sport Performance, Technology and Gender,” North American Society for Sociology of Sport, November 2008, Denver, Colorado.
- “Defining the Natural Athletic Body: Discourses of Allowable and Prohibited Technologies in Sport,” Cultural Studies Association Conference, May 2008, New York City, New York.
- “Performing the Athletic Body: Performance-Enhancing Drugs and the LZR Racer” Davis Humanities Center Graduate Symposium, May 2008, Davis, CA.
- “If “Life is One Big Dress Up,” then I Want Your Wardrobe: Collection and Muffy Vanderbear,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, March 2008, San Francisco, California.
- “Bridging the Gap Between On-Campus Professionals,” Athletes, Eating Disorders and the College Student: Striving for Healthy Performance, May 2006, Eating Disorder Center of Denver, Denver, Colorado.
- “Female Sport Uniforms as a Gender Border Warrior,” Women and Sport: Before, During and After Title IX, February 2005, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.
- Assist faculty and graduate students to improve grant applications, totaling $490,500 in awards received (2013-2015)
- Authored successful grants for my research and teaching, including the UC Davis Provost Dissertation Year Fellowship, UC Davis Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning first-year seminar grant, Center for Women & Research grant, and numerous travel grants (2007-2013).
- Co-wrote successful grant applications for collaborative research group projects including the Bicicultures Research Network (2012) and the Gendered Bodies at Play research group (2009).
- Wrote 200 proposals generating 104 gifts for a total revenue of nearly $2,850,000 (2001-2003)
- Performed extensive prospect research on federal, national and local grant opportunities for youth programming, education, faculty development and community improvements (2001-2003)
- Manage strategic, high priority projects, policies, and initiatives such as the Walker Hall renovation, review of self-supporting degree programs, and the creation of a Visiting Scholars & Postdoctoral Affairs Program. Define project objectives and formulate strategies to achieve desired goals in partnership with all relevant stakeholders (2015-present).
- Research and analyze complex information from an array of sources in order to develop written recommendations on initiatives and policies that balance the needs and priorities of all affected. Make plans to implement new policies and communicate changes to relevant parties (2015-present).
- Participate in strategic planning processes that build on divisional strengths to create ambitious yet achievable goals with clear action plans and measurable benchmarks (2014-present).
- Oversee and create connections among twelve research groups, seven faculty fellows, and eight graduate fellows at Center for the Humanities (2013-2015).
- Host programs to improve connections between departments and research initiatives (2013-2015).
- Grow programming and research in areas aligning with university priorities, including implementation of a digital humanities workgroup and an environmental humanities workgroup (2014-15).
- THATCamp DHSoCal: Diving into the Digital Humanities co-organizer. Led a five-campus collaboration to put on a two-day “un-conference” on digital humanities with over 100 attendees. Led a workshop on Omeka (an open-source digital archival software), and organized sessions (2014).
- DHSoCal Regional Meeting organizer. Organized a resource-sharing meeting for universities in the Southern California region who do work in the digital humanities. Hosted over forty attendees from ten different colleges (2014).
- Created New Faculty and Projects Lunch Discussion Series that introduces new faculty and existing faculty projects to audiences in a collegial environment (2014-15)
- Created Humanities for Hire Graduate Professionalization Series in collaboration with Graduate Division, Division of Arts & Humanities, Division of Social Science, Career Services Center, and UC Humanities Research Institute. Programming has reached over 200 students (2014-15).
- Western Humanities Alliance Conference on New Forms of Scholarly Communication organizer. Ran the conference with over 100 attendees and hosted meeting for Western Humanities Alliance (2013).
- Bicicultures Roadshow: Critical Studies of Bicycling Symposium co-organizer. Spearheaded a two-city (Los Angeles and Davis) event on bicycling cultures for researchers, activists, and advocates. Brought together an unprecedented group of scholars and community members working on studying and enacting cultural changes to increase the use of bicycling. Raised $10,000 to put on this event from the UC system and community organizations (2013).
- Bicicultures Research Network co-founder. Created a network of academic researchers studying bicycling practices, histories, and cultures from a variety of qualitative perspectives (2012-present).
- Performed administrative work for the Studies of Food & the Body Multi-Campus Research Initiative under the leadership of Carolyn de la Peña (UCD), Julie Guthman (UCSC), and Melissa Caldwell (UCSC) (2009-2011).
- Organized and led the Gendered Bodies at Play research group, which included faculty from humanities, social sciences, and the medical school (2009).
Communication and Publicity
- Organize, publicize, host, and evaluate visiting speaker events and conferences for Center for the Humanities (2013-2015)
- Manage communication and promotion of humanities research in print and digital formats, including via social media for Center for the Humanities (2013-14)
- Redesigned and improved the functionality of the Center for the Humanities website, viewable at http://humctr.ucsd.edu (2014).
- Grew listserv subscriptions by 40% in two years and coordinated event publicity with departments, programs, other centers, and divisions (2013-2014).
- Created social media campaign and wrote articles highlighting humanities research for the Davis Humanities Institute (2011-2012).
- Managed website and all communication for Studies of Food & the Body Multi-Campus Research Program (2009-2011).
- Created website and managed communication for California Architecture & Design Multi-Campus Research Group (2011-2013).
Administration and Management
- Coordinate and take part in high-level administrative committees and meetings (2016-present).
- Oversaw annual budget of $200,000 to $300,000 from up to sixteen different funding sources. Participated in budgeting process for division. (2013-2014).
- Approved all reimbursement and financial transactions for research center (2013-2014).
- Hired, managed, and evaluated staff, including full time employee, graduate researchers, and undergraduate interns (2013-2014).
- Supervised two graduate teaching assistants while teaching class of 140 undergraduates (2014).
- Hired, trained, supervised, and mentored seven undergraduate interns (2012-2013).
- Completed UC trainings in financial management, event planning, travel policies, staff supervision, cybersecurity, and sexual harassment (2013-2016).
- Processed all financial transactions for research groups (2009-2012).
- American Studies Association Science & Technology Studies Caucus convener (2014-2015)
- Society for the Social Studies of Science Student Section representative (2009-2011)
- Facilitator, Professional Development Workshop for graduate students, Society for the Social Studies of Science, (2010 & 2011)
- Panel Co-organizer, “Curious Liaisons: Machines, Bodies, and the Making of Inappropriate Technology,” American Studies Association (2011)
- Seminar Co-organizer, “The Institutional Life of Cultural Studies,” Cultural Studies Association, (2011)
- Co-organizer, International and Interdisciplinary Collaborations Panel, Society for the Social Studies of Science (2010)
- Chair/Co-organizer, “Future Directions in Science & Technology Studies,” Society for the Social Studies of Science (2010)
- Reviewer, National Science Foundation (2010)
- Panel Co-organizer, “Embodiments of Progress: Technology, Machines, and Belonging in Normalcy,” American Studies Association (2009)
University of California Service
- Basic Writing Curriculum Committee (2015)
- Co-planner for Humanists@Work conference on alternative career tracks for PhD students, with strong emphasis on publicly engaged work (2015)
- Center for the Humanities Research Group Selection Committee (2014, 2015)
- Center for the Humanities Dissertation Workshop Selection Committee (2014, 2015)
- Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellows Selection Committee (2014, 2015)
- UC Davis Graduate Group in Cultural Studies Executive Committee student representative (2010-2011)
- Panel Organizer, “Bicycle Research Across the Disciplines,” Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium, UC Davis (2011)
- UC Davis Graduate Group in Cultural Studies Admissions Committee student representative (2009-2010)
- Invited Lecture, “Performing Natural Athleticism,” AMS 158, Technology and the American Body, UC Davis (2009)
- Invited Lecture, “Spider Silk and Nature/Technology Relations,” TXC 107, Social and Psychological Aspects of Clothing, UC Davis (2008)
- Humanities Institute graduate student researcher: Create social media campaign. Write articles about humanities events. Analyze trends in public humanities. Coordinate UC Food & the Body multi-campus research group. Assist in research and editing for book revisions. Under Carolyn de la Peña, Charlotte Biltekoff, and Molly McCarthy, American Studies, UC Davis. Funded by Davis Humanities Institute. 2009-2012.
- Institute for Transportation Studies graduate student researcher: Qualitative analysis of 54 transportation life-course interviews with the goal of determining factors in attitude formation toward bicycling. Managed undergraduate intern. Under Susan Handy, Environmental Science & Policy, UC Davis. Funded by Department for Transportation, 2012.
- California Architecture & Design graduate student researcher: Coordinate multi-campus research group meeting and create website. Participate in dialogues about the changing field of design and how to promote the study of design in California. Under Simon Sadler, James Housefield & Christina Cogdell, Design, UC Davis. Funded by UC Humanities Research Initiative. 2011.
- Medical Textiles graduate student researcher: historical discourse analysis of medical textile research revealing industry/university ties. Under Susan B. Kaiser, Textiles & Clothing Department, UC Davis. Funded by National Science Foundation. 2008-2009.
- Masculinities Project graduate student researcher: discourse analysis, qualitative and quantitative survey creation, implementation and analysis investigating role of masculinity and fashion. Compare theoretical approaches from diaspora studies and fashion theory. Under Susan B, Kaiser, Textiles and Clothing Department, UC Davis. Funded by grant from National Textiles Center. 2007-2009.
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
Academic Coordinator Athletic Department, University of Wyoming 2003-2007
- Collaborated with students in creating and monitoring individualized strategic plans designed to help them achieve their academic and personal goals
- Advised students on how to improve their study skills, time management abilities, test-taking aptitude, reading comprehension and note-taking capacity
- Facilitated communication between all parties with a vested interest in the academic progress of student-athletes, including coaches, instructors, administrators and academic advisors
- Managed and trained a staff of 25 tutors in a variety of subjects
- Ran the CHAMPS/Lifeskills program, designed to address the overall well-being of student-athletes
- Advised Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a student group promoting leadership, advocacy, community service and student-athlete well-being
- Developed a well-rounded Community Service Program within the University of Wyoming Athletic Department that increased student-athlete volunteer hours from 300 hours annually to 1,300 hours annually.
- Established the University of Wyoming Student-Athlete Career Network, which guides students through a career development program that ultimately can connect them with interested employers.
- Organized resume workshops and other career development programming in partnership with Center for Advising and Career Services and other career planning programs
- Earned the 2005 Division I Athletic Directors’ Association Program of Excellence Award, the highest honor awarded to CHAMPS/Lifeskills programs
- Fostered ongoing collaboration with academic affairs and student services in order to expand resources for students
- Participated in campus groups and committees, including: Advising Conversations, STOP Violence Against Women Advisory Board, A-Team (alcohol abuse prevention coalition), AWARE hiring committee, STOP Violence hiring committee, LeARN (academic/student affairs FIPSE grant program) Advisory Board
Learning Specialist Athletic Department, Marquette University 1997-2003
- Created a Learning Development Program for students having difficulties in their classes
- Worked one-on-one with students with learning disabilities or students who came to college under-prepared to improve skill set necessary for collegiate success
- Monitored tutors working with student-athletes and ensure a satisfactory relationship for all parties
- Led large-group history review sessions, with participant attendance as high as 25 students
- Provided individualized tutoring for students in various subjects, including Spanish, English, Psychology, Philosophy, Chemistry and Biology
Fundraising Manager Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges 2001-2003
- Performed all grantwriting and donor prospect research
- Contributed to the development of TALENT (Teaching and Learning Enhanced through Technology), a consortium of faculty at Wisconsin’s independent colleges dedicated to sharing best practices in the use of technology in the classroom
- Assisted in the development and implementation of College Readiness 21, a four-year pre-college program for high school students from low-income, first-generation or minority backgrounds
- “Fifty-Fifty.” Co-produced with Denise Nicole Green. Short film on roller derby and gender. 2009.
- “Wash and Reuse; Textiles in the Hospital Setting.” Assistant editor and camera/sound for a short film reusable linens at a Californian hospital. 2009.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP
American Studies Association, Cultural Studies Association (U.S.), Society for the Social Studies of Science