I am currently a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I received my B.A. in sociology with a minor in philosophy from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. and my M.A. in sociology at UNLV. My research interests spans across several sub-fields of sociology including culture, religion, social movements, and mental health.
My masters work was on Evangelical apostasy and deconversion trajectories. I focused primarily on the experiences of post-Boomer self-identified atheists. I am currently working on examining the relationship between atheism and deviance, specifically exploring the atheist response to deviant labeling through social activism.
Aside from producing research for the academic world, I sit on the Secular Student Alliance’s (SSA) National Speaker’s Bureau, and will be speaking on strategies for constructing a happy atheist experience at the upcoming SSA Regional Conference in July 2013.
I am president of the Alpha Kappa Delta chapter at UNLV, and teach Introduction to Sociology at UNLV and Nevada State College, and the Sociology of Religion.