At the age of 19, I worked my first shift as a medical assistant at an abortion clinic in Maine. This experience inspired a graduate career in gender studies and public health, as well as a lifelong commitment to comprehensive and compassionate sexual and reproductive healthcare and equity.
After receiving my PhD in gender and women’s studies and MPH in global health from Emory University, I completed one postdoctoral fellowship in HIV/AIDS and sexuality at Columbia University and one in contraceptive technology at Princeton University.
I am currently a Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I’m also affiliated with Sociology, Population Health Sciences, and the La Follette School of Public Affairs. I recently completed two terms as a board member at the Guttmacher Institute, serve on the editorial board for The Journal of Sex Research, and just concluded my role as a member for the editorial advisory board for Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.
In addition to these roles, I have the privilege of serving as the Director for UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity (CORE). UW CORE is a research initiative focused on reproductive healthcare access and delivery, policy evaluation, and communication to address critical needs in reproductive health and healthcare in Wisconsin. We aim to produce community-based research around the topics of contraception and abortion access in Wisconsin and beyond.
I grew up in beautiful Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and my family members still live nearby in Portland and Peaks Island. I enjoy life in Madison with my sweetie, Bobby, our ten year-old son, Atticus, and world’s best cat, Stellaluna Moonpie. I love going to the library, jogging with friends at sunrise, further entrenching my laugh lines, and getting a good night’s sleep.