I received a Ph.D. in Sociology specializing in Sociology of the Family and Social Psychology. I teach courses in these areas and also in Gender and Society, Childhood and Adolescence, and Research Methods. In my teaching, I emphasize to make learning an interactive and reciprocal experience. I strive to teach my students to understand phenomena using the “sociological imagination”. My ultimate goal is for students to understand, interpret, and create research and unleash their questioning minds.
Currently, I am involved in research with single fathers, adolescent fathers, and domestic violence shelters. In the “single fathers” project, I am exploring the decision making process, role satisfaction, role-identity salience and role identity- commitment. Role-identity salience and role-identity commitment are also driving the project on adolescent fathers. In another project, using a comparative approach, I study the safe house personnel their perceptions of the clients, the abused women.
I also serve the department, the college, and the university on several committees.