My recently published (co-authored) book, Gendering Bodies (2008), examines how people develop gender identities in part by taking up their culture’s ideologies of the body. The book explores issues of performance, surveillance, inequality and resistance. My current project examines the newly emerging occupation of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). Many communities are beginning to use SANEs as part of a larger Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) typically comprised of law enforcement, hospitals, rape-crisis centers, and district attorney’s offices. I am looking at the ways that SANEs make a place for themselves in these teams and the acceptance and resistance they encounter along the way. For these nurses, gender is a prominent theme in the construction of victims/patients and assailants as well as in the boundary work of the nurses and advocates who are predominantly women with physicians and law enforcement officers.
Education and Degrees Earned
- 2001 Ph.D., Sociology, University of Florida
- 2001 Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies and Gender Research, University of Florida
- 1996 M.A., Sociology, Georgia State University
- 1994 A.B., Psychology, University of Georgia
- Sociologist for Women in Society
- Society for the Study of Social Problems