I am a cultural anthropologist studying sexual violence in Washington, D.C.
I am an anthropologist, an advocate for survivors of violent crime, and a PhD candidate at American University Department of Anthropology. Currently, I am writing my dissertation, which focuses on the relationship between rape culture and the legal system in the United States. My research is based on women’s lives and experiences in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. I am a public anthropologist; this means that I am committed to conducting anthropological research and creating anthropological scholarship that helps my research communities. Public anthropology also means that I am committed to writing in a way that is clear and comprehensible to the general public and to my research communities.
Anthropology is the study of culture and people; I specialize in issues of gender inequality and sexual violence. More specifically, I study rape culture in the United States, and how women, men, and children are impacted by sexual violence. I am also very interested in conducting research about the motivations and rationales of perpetrators of sexual violence, and I am inspired by the work of organizations such as Men Can Stop Rape, who provide valuable educational programs to help prevent potential perpetrators from committing crimes of sexual violence.