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.

Additionally, I present a work shop called Enhancing Your Discoverability and Impact by Managing Your Online Academic Profile. 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.

Current Research Projects:

Class and Workshop Notes:


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.


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.


Presentations and Talks:


Oral Presentations:

Guest Lectures:

  • Violence against Women and Social Policy. October 2016
  • 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:


  • 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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