About Me

I received my BA in Sociology from the University of Washington in 1997 and my MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California-Irvine in 2000. After graduating, I worked in the corporate world focusing on product strategy and development.  My positions included Product Development Manager and Product Manager.   In 2005, I accepted the position of Director of the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center at University of Washington.  Shortly thereafter, I became involved with the NIH’s National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences – Worker Training Program as a program grantee.  For the next seven years I implemented targeted programs for precarious workers including tribal, minority, undocumented and ex-offender populations.   My work challenged me to think deeply about the social, cultural and political factors affecting workers.  Who has access to “good” jobs?  How does a worker’s background affect her/his opportunities?  Questions like these led me to my current work that examines labor force issues at the interface of sociology, economics, and policy.  In 2012, I returned to school to earn my PhD in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2018, I joined the vibrant community of scholars at Skidmore College as Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Business.  Check out my CV for additional information about me.