I am a graduate student at the University of Wollongong, researching White Ribbon Australia. Recently, the Public Report from my “Case Study of White Ribbon Australia’s Ambassador Program” was released.

Project Overview: The project was independently conducted with Claire E. Seaman, under the auspices of the University of Wollongong and supervised by Associate Professor Michael Flood and Associate Professor Richard Howson. Through in-depth interviews and an online survey, this project investigated how and why men become part of the Ambassador Program; how they enact their role as an ally to end men’s violence against women, the challenges they encounter, and how they overcome them.

The project has two primary aims. First, to provide an independent assessment of the Ambassador Program through analysis of Ambassador perceptions of White Ribbon Australia’s successes and areas for improvement, and to create an Ambassador demographic profile. Second, due to the scale of the research and the position of White Ribbon Australia as a leader in engaging men to prevent men’s violence against women, the case study aims to inform at a broader social level. It seeks to provide insight into Ambassadors’ motivations and experiences which may assist other organisations in Australia and around the world to similarly engage men in preventing men’s violence against women.

Previously, I graduated from the University of North Carolina Asheville, majoring in Sociology and Anthropology while interning at a Helpmate, a domestic violence shelter and Pisgah Legal Services, a free legal aid agency.

My professional objectives are teaching sociology, specializing in Men and Masculinities; Teaching and Learning; and Law and Society while researching solutions-oriented approaches to preventing violence. Additionally, I edit the Open Education Sociology Dictionary available at SociologyDictionary.org


Education:

University of Wollongong

  • Masters of Philosophy in Education, Higher Education Studies (Forthcoming, February 2017)
  • Masters of Philosophy in Sociology, Humanities and Social Inquiry (August 2014 — Present)

University of North Carolina Asheville (2014)

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (2010)

  • Associate of Arts – 3.93/4.0 GPA

Professional Experience:

University of Wollongong (August 2014 — Current)

  • Research Assistant:
    • Researched transnational employability developments in higher education through conducting interviews and analysing the data using grounded theory.
    • Collected and analyzed data related the commodification of young girls’ lives via advertising in magazines and the sale of hypersexualized clothing.
  • Tutor:
    • Introductory Sociology (SOC 103); Globalisation and Social Change (SOC 326); Men and Masculinities (SOC 350); Professional Development: The Teacher as Researcher (EDPD 301); and Educational Foundations 3: Sociology & Cultural Studies (EDFE 301).
    • Additionally, marked assessments for other teachers and served as a second marker. Guest lectured on alternative masculinities, gender politics, and domestic violence in Australia, additionally presented on ethnographic research methodologies.

Helpmate: Domestic Violence Shelter and Outreach Agency (March 2012 — May 2014)

  • Supported staff in various capacities including community outreach, administrative assistance, building maintenance, technological support, and logistical issues related to client housing.
  • Provided safe transportation to the courthouse for restraining order hearings and support during the proceedings.

Pisgah Legal Services: Mountain Violence Prevention Project (November 2012 — August 2013)

  • Provided administrative support for lawyers and court advocates.
  • Assisted clients in court proceedings that feel threatened by the presence of their abusers. Pisgah Legal Services and Helpmate often work in concert.

Pisgah Legal Services: Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyers Program (January 2012 — January 2013)

  • Facilitated case management between Pisgah Legal Services and community lawyers in over eight counties who provide pro bono services to low-income individuals.
  • Gained practical knowledge of the legal system from the first call of inquiry to the final court decision.

Publications:

Journal Articles:

  • “Inside the Hidden House of Healing: Intentionality and Visual Anthropology at a Domestic Violence Shelter.” Metamorphosis – A North American Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. 2013
  • “Helpers of Helpmate – Healing the Community.” 2013. Proceedings of the Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • “Helpers of Helpmate – Healing the Community.” 2013. UNC Asheville Journal of Undergraduate Research.
  • “Male Advocacy at a Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Shelter: Helpmate – A Pilot Study.” 2013. Metamorphosis – Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.
  • “Male Advocacy at a Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Shelter: Helpmate – A Pilot Study.” 2013. UNC Asheville Journal of Undergraduate Research.
  • “Systematic Review of Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Post-2000 CE Statistics for Helpmate.” 2013. Journal of Undergraduate Public Service Projects.

Reports:

Presentations and Talks:

Oral Presentations:

  • “Men as Allies: A Case Study of White Ribbon Australia’s Ambassador Program.” Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities Seminar Series. Wollongong, NSW. May 2016
  • “Practical Lexicography – Defining the Sociological Imagination: Constructing and editing the Open Education Sociology Dictionary.” NewMac Postgraduate Symposium. Sydney, NSW. June 2015.
  • “Navigating and Challenging Hegemonic Masculinity at a Women’s Domestic Violence Shelter: Privilege, Triggers, and Misadventures.” Sociological Association of Aotearoa (New Zealand)’s Annual Meeting Gendered Sexualities. Christchurch, New Zealand. December 2014.
  • “Practical Lexicography – Defining the Sociological Imagination: Constructing and editing the Open Education Sociology Dictionary.” Sociological Association of Aotearoa (New Zealand)’s Annual Meeting Literature and Lexicons in Sociology. Christchurch, New Zealand. December 2014.
  • “Navigating and Challenging Hegemonic Masculinity at a Women’s Domestic Violence Shelter: Privilege, Triggers, and Misadventures.” Australian Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting: “Challenging Identities, Institutions and CommunitiesFamilies, Relationships, and Gender.” Adelaide, NSW. November 2014.
  • “Practical Lexicography – Defining the Sociological Imagination: Constructing and editing the Open Education Sociology Dictionary.” Australian Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting: “Challenging Identities, Institutions and CommunitiesTeaching Sociology.” Adelaide, NSW. November 2014.
  • “Navigating and Challenging Hegemonic Masculinity at a Women’s Domestic Violence Shelter: Privilege, Triggers, and Misadventures.” University of Wollongong: HDR Seminar Series. Wollongong, NSW. October 2014.
  • “Inside the Hidden House of Healing: Intentionality and Visual Anthropology at a Domestic Violence Shelter.” Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges’ Southeast Regional Undergraduate Research Conference. Montevallo, AL. April 2014.
  • “Inside the Hidden House of Healing: Intentionality and Visual Anthropology at a Domestic Violence Shelter.” National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Lexington, KY. April 2014.
  • “House on the Heal: Helpmate, Intentionality, and Liminal Spaces.” Southern Anthropological Society’s Annual Meeting: “Four-Field Anthropology: Weaving Our Discipline with Community.” Cherokee, NC. March 2014.
  • Helpmate, a Women’s Shelter and Outreach Agency: Lived Experiences with Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Advocacy.” American Anthropological Association’s Annual Meeting: “Future Publics, Current Engagements” – Protective States: Ethnographies of Violence and Outreach in North and South America. Chicago, IL. November 2013.
  • “Systematic Review of Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Post-2000 CE Statistics for Helpmate.” State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. Charlotte, NC. November 2013.
  • “Comparative Analysis of Men as Allies in the Anti-Violence Against Women Movement.” State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. Charlotte, NC. November 2013.
  • “Helpers of Helpmate – Healing the Community.” American Sociological Association’s Honors Program, American Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting: “Interrogating Inequality: Linking Micro and Macro.” New York, NY. August 2013.
  • “Male Advocacy at a Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Shelter: Helpmate – A Pilot Study.” Annual Spring Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creativity. UNC Asheville. Asheville, NC. April 2013.
  • “Male Advocacy at a Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Shelter: Helpmate – A Pilot Study.” Council on Public Liberal Arts Colleges’Southeast Regional Undergraduate Research Conference. Wise, Virginia. April 2013.
  • “Helpers of Helpmate – Healing the Community.” Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium. Highpoint, NC. April 2013.
  • “Helpers of Helpmate – Healing the Community.” The Southern Anthropological Society’s Annual Meeting: “The Culture of Healing.” Johnson City, TN. March 2013.

Guest Lectures:

  • Alternative Masculinities. October 2015
  • Men and Gender Politics. September 2015
  • Ethnographic Research and Domestic Violence. May 2015

Invited Talks:

  • Woonona High School. Domestic Violence and Law. May 2016
  • International Open-Education Week launch – International Cases of Open-Education and a Panel Discussion: “It’s Free And Online, But It Is Open?” March 2016
  • Research Methods: Ethnography. October 2014 and 2015
  • Healthy Relationship Panel Discussion. February 2014.
  • Navigating Culture, Research Presentation and Q & A. September 2013
  • Student Affairs Workshop, Research Presentation and Q & A. September 2013.
  • Service Information Learning Session for Pre-Rendezblue. August 2013.
  • Individual in the Contemporary World. July 2013.
  • Healthy Relationship Panel Discussion. February 2013.

Awards and Honors:

Scholarships:

  • International Postgraduate Tuition Award (UOW)
  • Bill and Elizabeth Belz Scholarship (UNC Asheville)
  • Coleman Scholarship (UNC Asheville)
  • R.A. Clement Scholarship (RCCC)

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