Associate Professor
Department of Sociology

Phone: 617-573-8487
Fax: 617-994-4278
Office: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 7016


  • PhD, Brandeis University
  • MA, Brandeis University
  • BA University of California, Santa Cruz

Office Hours Fall 2018

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Mondays
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Wednesdays
Also by appointment

Research Interests

  • Sociology of Reproduction
  • Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
  • Health and Human Rights.


Associate Professor, Suffolk University, Sociology Department. 2004-present.

Assistant Professor, Suffolk University, Sociology Department. 1999-2004.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Suffolk University, Sociology Department. Spring 1999.

Senior Lecturer, Suffolk University, Sociology Department. Fall 1998.

Tutor, Harvard University, Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies, and History of Science Department. 1997-1998.

Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, Committee on Degrees in Women's Studies. 1994-1998.

Lecturer, Brandeis University, Sociology Department. 1993-1997.

Selected Publications

"Holistic sickening: breast cancer and the discursive worlds of complementary and alternative practitioners.” With Susan Sered. Sociology of Health & Illness Vol. 30 No. 4 2008: 616– 631.

Baby Steps: How Lesbian Insemination is changing the World. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press. Paper edition, 2005.

“Stratified Reproduction.” Entry in the Encyclopedia of Sociology, Blackwell, 2005.

Recent Oral Presentations

“Women’s Mental Health and Well-Being: How a Human Rights Perspective Helps.” Keynote address at the conference “Women’s Mental Health and Well-Being: (How) Does a Human Rights Perspective Help?” Suffolk University. Boston. January 2007. 

“Health, Human Rights, and Hurricane Katrina.” Presentation in the Health and the Environment panel, Boston Meets Katrina: Anniversary Symposium. University of Massachusetts, Boston. September 2006. 

“Silence, Ideology, Enforced Stories, and Hidden Agendas: Laws & Policies regarding Lesbian AI And their Implementation.” Thematic Session Panelist, American Sociological Association Conference. Montreal. August 2006.

Professional Activities

  • Director, Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights   
  • Academic Director, Practicum in Advocacy at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Other Activities

  • Principal and Steering Committee Member, Massachusetts CEDAW Coalition
  • Board Member, Jobs with Justice, Workers’ Rights Board

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

Introduction to Sociology
Law, Health, and Human Rights
Medical Sociology
Seminar in Health and Human Services
Sociology of Aging
Women and Health
Women in Contemporary Society
Women in Struggle on Film

Graduate Courses

Sociology of Women’s Health and Illness
Sociology of Reproduction