2013-    Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies, University of Colorado Boulder

Co-Director, LGBTQ Studies Certificate Program

Affiliate Faculty, Center for Asian Studies

Affiliate Faculty, Department of Ethnic Studies


2012      Fulbright Scholar, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines


2010-12 Assistant Professor of Sociology, Villanova University

Affiliate Faculty, Gender and Women's Studies Program

Affiliate Faculty, Cultural Studies Program


2009    Visiting Research Fellow, Third World Studies Center, University of the Philippines



2009    PhD with distinction, Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder
2007    Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder

2003    BA cum laude, Sociology and Communications (photojournalism), Loyola University of New Orleans  

2002    Certificate of Study, Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture, and Society, University of Amsterdam



Social Inequality (Gender, Race, Class, Sexuality); Cultural Sociology; Transgender Studies; Philippine Studies; Ethnography & Qualitative Methods




Peer-Reviewed Articles


2017     "Capital T: Trans visibility, corporate capitalism, and commodity culture." TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 4(1):28-44.


2016     "Outsourced heroes and queer incorporations: Labor brokerage and the politics of inclusion in the Philippine call center

industry." GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 22(3):381-408.


2015     "The sexual fields of empire: On the ethnosexual frontiers of global outsourcing." Radical History Review 123:115-143.


2015     "Purple-collar labor: Transgender workers and queer value at global call centers in the Philippines." Gender & Society

29(2):169-194. [*Lead Article]   


2010     "‘Studying up’ on women and disaster: An elite-sustained women’s group following Hurricane Katrina." International

Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters 28(2):246-269.


2008     "Cultural trauma, memory, and gendered collective action: The case of Women of the Storm following Hurricane Katrina."

NWSA Journal 20(3):138-162.


-Reprinted (2010) in Being and Becoming Visible: Women, Performance, and Visual Culture (A Feminist Formations Reader).

       Edited by Olga Mesropova and Stacey Weber Feve. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.


2006     "Emergent behavior and groups in postdisaster New Orleans: Notes on practices of organized resistance." Pp.235-262 in

Learning from Catastrophe: Quick Response Research in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina. Special Publication #40. Boulder, CO. Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado. 




2017     Women of the Storm: Civic Activism After Hurricane Katrina. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.


Edited Book


2012     The Women of Katrina: How Gender, Race, and Class Matter in an American Disaster. Edited with Elaine Enarson. Nashville,

TN: Vanderbilt University Press.


      –One of CHOICE Magazine’s 2011-2012 Significant University Press Titles for Undergraduates

      –Reviewed by Beth Herstein in New Orleans Living Magazine (May 2012).

–Reviewed in Association for Human Resources Management in International Organizations Online Book Reviews (June 2012).

–Reviewed by Mike Johnson in People in Aid (July 2012).

–Reviewed by M.M. Ferree in Choice Review, Vol. 49, No. 11 (August 2012).

–Reviewed by Elizabeth Fussell in Women’s Review of Books, Vol. 29, No. 5 (September/October 2012):28-30.

–Reviewed by Sarah Bradshaw in Gender & Development, Vol. 20, No. 3 (November 2012): 633-635.

–Reviewed in Natural Hazards Observer, Vol. XXXVII, No. 4 (March 2013):19. 

–Reviewed by Kristen Barber in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Vol. 38, No. 3 (Spring 2013):763-767.

–Reviewed by Lynn Weber in Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 42, No. 5 (August 2013):732-735.

–Reviewed by David Ponton III in Journal of Southern History, Vol. LXXIX, No. 4 (November 2013): 943-946.

–Reviewed by Kimberly J. McGann in Gender & Society, Vol. 27, No. 6 (December 2013): 943-946.

–Reviewed by Carl L. Bankston III in Sociological Forum, Vol. 28, No. 4 (December 2013): 888-899.



Book Chapters


2011     "Displacement, climate change, and gender." Coauthored with Lori M. Hunter. Pp. 306-330 in Migration and Climate

Change. Edited by Etienne Piguet, Antoine Pécoud, and Paul de Guchteneire. New York: UNESCO and Cambridge University Press.


2010     "Redistribution of responsibility: The gendered division of labor and politics of a post-disaster clean-up project."  

Pp. 391-411 in Through the Eye of Katrina: Social Justice in the United States, second edition. Edited by Kristin A. Bates and Richelle S. Swan. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.


2007     "Signs of resistance: Marking public space through a renewed cultural activism." Pp. 225-254 in Visual Research

Methods: Image, Society, and Representation. Edited by Gregory C. Stanczak. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Edited Volumes


2007     Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order 34(1). Special Issue on Art, Identity, and Social Change.

Coedited with Edward J. McCaughan, with a coauthored introduction.


2006     Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and  World Order 33(2). Special Issue on Art, Power, and Social Change.

Coedited with Edward J. McCaughan, with a coauthored introduction.


Book Reviews


2013     Review of Robyn Magalit Rodriquez, Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World. Minneapolis: 

University of Minnesota Press, 2010. International Sociology 28(2):215-218.


2012     Review of Sujutha Fernandes, Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chavez's Venezuela. Durham, NC: Duke

University Press, 2010. Journal of Peace and Justice Studies 22(1):161-163.  


Blog Entry


2015     "The Purple Collar: Dynamics of Trans-Inclusion In The Philippines’ Call Center Industry." Gender & Society blog. Published

January 15, 2015 at




2014     Kayden Research Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder

2013     Center for Humanities and the Arts (CHA), Graduate Committee on the Arts and Humanities (GCAH) Research Grant,

            University of Colorado Boulder


2012     Fulbright Scholar, Manila, Philippines (Research Award in Sociology)

2011     Faculty Development Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, Villanova University

2011     Research Travel Grant, Department of Sociology, Villanova University

2010     Research Support Grant, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, Villanova University    

2009     Visiting Research Fellow, Third World Studies Center, University of the Philippines-Diliman


2008     The Dean’s Fund for Excellence, University of Colorado at Boulder


2007     Center for the Humanities and the Arts Fellowship (CHA), University of Colorado at Boulder
2006     Dissertation Expense Award. Department of Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder
2006     Emily Schoenbaum Research and Community Development Grant, Newcomb College Center for Research on

            Women, Tulane University

2005     Quick Response Grant, Natural Hazards Center with funds contributed by the National Science Foundation (NSF)

            under the Center’s Quick Response Program



Mailing Address:

Department of Women and Gender Studies

University of Colorado Boulder

Gates Woodruff Cottage / UCB 246

Boulder, CO 80309-0246