Assistant Professor of Practice at Portland State University Child, Youth, and Family Studies program
While completing my Ph.D. I began a second strand of research, focused on the relational experiences of first-generation college students in a school of social work. I’ve argued that rather than “breaking away” (London, 1989) from family and other members of home communities, first-generation students are often working to stay integrated in these communities while adjusting to the culture of the communities they encounter in higher education.
I teach courses focused on families of origin and early socialization, the gendered history (and present) of professions serving children, youth, and families, and families in life-course perspective. I also volunteer with a youth-led policy advocacy group composed of current and former foster youth. A first-generation student myself, I have worked to include students in research, as it was my own undergraduate experience with research that brought me to this work.