My research interests include understanding the functions of social status and the development of social networks in adolescent and young adult populations. I currently work with Dr. Allison Ryan. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University in 2022 with a major in Psychology and minor in Sociology. While there, I conducted research with Drs. Hutson-
Comeaux and Lourie on adolescent and young adult transitional periods, parenting behaviors, and COVID related stressors in first-year college students.
In my research, I use Black feminist frameworks to explore how STEM learning environments shape the experiences of individuals who are historically excluded and minoritized. The first area of my research examines the racialized and gendered organization of STEM higher education contexts. The second area of my research identifies how features of the classroom environment (i.e., friendships, teaching practices) affect students’ STEM engagement and peer support. Prior to graduate school, I received my B.A. in Statistics and Sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I currently work with Dr. Joi Mondisa and Dr. Allison Ryan.
Joined CPEP: 2018
My research focuses on the ways in which teachers sustain or suppress adolescent academic motivation. I am specifically interested in how different forms of autonomy support help students stay motivated in class. As a former middle school and high school teacher, my goal is to assist teachers and school leaders in creating learning environments that promote student engagement and enthusiasm. I currently work with Dr. Allison Ryan and Dr. Barry Fishman.
Joined CPEP: 2020