In 2004 I graduated from American University in Washington, DC with a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies and Psychology. As an undergraduate I was fortunate enough to work at AU’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Resource Center and I was involved in numerous projects and groups with some of the most fun and passionate folks on campus. After college I attended the University of Vermont and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW). I was then employed as a social worker for a few years, working primarily with adults and children with mental health needs. It was a tremendously rewarding experience. While I no longer do direct service, I use my social work skills on a daily basis. Social work values of social justice and a strength-based approach greatly inform my practices as an academic. In 2011, I received a Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Louisville with a concentration in Women’s History.
My passion for bicycling starting in Burlington, Vermont. While attending UVM, I lived too close to meet the requirements for a parking pass and the walk was a bit long. I decided to try bicycling to campus, and I was instantly hooked. I started reading lots of bike blogs and became interested in urban bike culture, commuting and bicycling advocacy. I didn’t connect my passion for bicycling and my academic life until I began working towards my MA in Women’s and Gender Studies at UofL. I was taking a seminar on the History of Women and Medicine, and while looking at potential sources for my seminar paper, I stumbled across women’s writings on bicycling from the 1890s. I started reading more on the history of bicycling as well as primary sources from the period. I realized this was an area I could make a contribution, and it is now my primary area of research.
Because I live in Lansing, Michigan, I get to ride my bike to campus on the beautiful Lansing River Trail. I commute throughout the year, taking a break during the peak winter months. My current ride is a Redline single speed. While not studying and biking, I also enjoy reading novels, snowshoeing, hiking and playing board games. I am a lifelong Syracuse Orange and Buffalo Bills fan, and I also cheer for the Michigan State Spartans.