In the fall of 2017 I will join the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s School of Public Policy as the director. I look forward to working with new colleagues to serve UMBC’s equity mission. I am currently a professor in Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy. I am also the associate chair. I teach and write in law and social welfare. Most recently, I have worked on disaster and how law works with people out of place. In teaching, I especially enjoy working with students to make their work the best it can be. My work addresses engagements with social welfare states, from bureaucratic organizations through appellate courts.
I also work on professional development for equity in the academy, viewed through a lens of recognizing losses and pluralizing successes. Advancing diversity in professions changes what we know and how we know it. Women have increasing responsibilities for family and can count on spending a greater part of our lives responsible for our own well-being, making equity especially important.
I have most recently been funded by the National Science Foundation and the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Spain. Both have funded collaborative projects on using information, accessing law, and adaptation to climate change.
As a once-Californian, I value photos from my parents’ and grandparents trips through the state. I love getting outdoors and thinking about family and place.
My daughter inspires me. Her curiosity, kindness, hard work and integrity keep me on track.