I am Unitarian Universalist minister, educator and social scientist living in Los Angeles, California with my partner, as well as a cat named Emerson and a dog named Violet. The relationship between religion/spirituality and health is central to my vocation; it guides my work in community, congregational and academic settings.
Currently, I teach and serve as faculty advisor to theological students at Starr King School for the Ministry, a member school of the Graduate Theological Union, which is located in Berkeley, California, but includes students and faculty members located around the world. I am privileged to partner with students in developing their gifts for ministry and religious leadership through Master of Divinity and Master of Arts programs.
I bring a chaplain’s heart to my research interests in medical sociology. My doctoral dissertation project is a phenomenological study of the religious/spiritual experiences of women of color coping with congestive heart failure. I am committed to working at the interstices of multiple spaces: the academy, clinical practice, justice movements, and global communities of faith. These loyalties have guided me to various exciting projects: teaching didactic seminars and participating in research symposia with hospital chaplains; co-developing an immersion course trekking across Transylvania; creating a congregation-based support group model for people with chronic conditions; and leading trainings on class and classism for leaders.
I hold a BA in Society & Health from Simmons College in Boston and a MA in Ethics and Social Theory from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. I am a PhD Candidate in Sociology at UCSF School of Nursing (expected to graduate Spring 2019).