Eating Irrationally

I’ve been a vegetarian for about six years now, and like any vegetarian, I’ve been asked numerous times why I decided to take on that identity.  For me, a number of different motivating factors were in play.  One, I must admit, was my fondness for, and my desire to be like, some vegetarians I knew […]

The Machine in the White House

* This post was originally published on 10-30-12 on my standalone blog The Off Button. Please disregard the out-of-date election references, I think the main argument still rings true to current events. I’ve been noticing that, in the run-up to next month’s election, the candidates haven’t been talking about technology as much as they did […]

Minimalist vs. Materialist

When I graduated from college, I decided that I shouldn’t need more than what I could fit inside my 2-door hatchback. This was mostly possible because I was about to join the Peace Corps and most of my furniture was hand-me-downs. Now that I am an adult I know that it is nice to have […]


I’ve worn many hats during my four years in graduate school at UVa – gender scholar, quantitative scholar, survey researcher, and now (while I haven’t abandoned the others) culture scholar.  Wrapping my mind around the literature on the sociology of culture (or cultural sociology – there’s a difference, or so I’ve learned) as I prepare […]

Banal binaries and casual causation

A recent op-ed in the NYT caught my eye not just for the sad illustration accompanying the text (see image below) but for, what I felt to be, a casual causal argument on the ways cell phones are affecting our bodies and brains based on loosely related scientific data. Prof. Barbara Fredrickson, author of the […]

“Are you concerned someone might hijack your findings?”

Last week, I had the opportunity to present at the Pacific Sociological Association’s annual meeting.  I presented a work-in-progress study investigating class differences in how women consider work and family decisions—a project partially inspired by Sarah Damaske’s 2011 book, For the Family: How Class and Gender Shape Women’s Work.    Damaske’s book challenges the traditional […]