Tell us about your job.

Along with the director of Women Involved in Living and Learning (WILL), I advise students in the program, teach courses in WGSS (Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies) and coordinate an annual speaker series. Some of my specific responsibilities include supervising the internship program, which all WILL students are required to do, teaching a course called Women and Work, and co-teaching the WILL Colloquium.

How long have you been at Richmond and what is your educational background?

I’m in my fifth year at the University. I have a Ph.D. in women’s history from the College of William & Mary. My thesis examined film censorship in Virginia, looking specifically at race and gender issues. I received my bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman College and an M.A. in history from William & Mary.

Tell us about your professional background.

I came straight to Richmond from my Ph.D. studies. I started here in August 2005 and defended my dissertation that November.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Working with students. We have such intellectually engaged and motivated students. I’m so impressed with them. We teach theory and practice, and I love to see how they bridge that in their lives. They have so much energy. One group I remember specifically proposed stalking legislation at the Virginia General Assembly. They wanted to strengthen the laws in Virginia and testified at the legislature for two years in support of “their” bill.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

My passion is travel. If it’s spring break or summer, I’m out of the country. I’ve traveled alone to China, Thailand, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, France, Denmark, Great Britain, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. When I’m in Richmond, I enjoy the historical sites and finding new restaurants.