I am a graduate student at the University of Wollongong, studying Sociology and researching the White Ribbon Campaign. I recently 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 Law and Society; Gendered Violence; Men and Masculinities; and Deviant Behavior while researching solutions-oriented approaches to preventing violence. Additionally, I edit the Open Education Sociology Dictionary available at SociologyDictionary.org

 



Education

University of Wollongong (August 2014 – Present)

  • Master of Philosophy

University of North Carolina Asheville (2014)

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (2010)

  • Associate of Arts – 3.93/4.0 GPA


Internships

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

  • “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.


Oral Presentations


Poster Presentations

  • “Systematic Review of Domestic Violence Statistics 2000-2012.” Annual Spring Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creativity. UNC Asheville. April, 2013.


Invited Talks

  • 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)


Grants

Departmental Grant:

Presentation Grant:

Research Grant:

  • Competitive Summer Research Grant from the Undergraduate Research Program at UNC Asheville to investigate the role of males in preventing VAW from the applied sociological and anthropological perspective. April, 2013.

Travel Grant:


Memberships

 


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