I write about social boundaries and everyday life. My writing focuses primarily on intersections between the sociology of gender, work, family, social class, spatial design, education, and culture.


The Stuff of Family Life: How our Homes Reflect our Lives — release date May 4, 2017. Available at Rowman & Littlefield, Target.com, and Amazon. This book (Rowman & Littlefield), described here, discusses how spaces and objects in homes tell us the story of family roles and relationships in the contemporary United States. It is written for a general interest audience and sociology students alike. Reviews of the book can be found here and here. My commentary on the book can be found here.

I have compiled my blog posts into a collection entitled Between: Living Life in Neither Extreme. You can get the book here!

I am editing a collection of research chapters by amazing authors on contemporary parenthood, to be published in 2018 by Praeger, titled Contemporary Parenting and Parenthood: From News Headlines to New Research.

I am writing a short manuscript entitled Love Letters: Romantic Communication in the Digital Age for Routledge’s Anthropology of Stuff Series, to be published in 2018.


My blog post archive since 2013 on this site can be found here.

Guest Blog Posts

With two co-authors, I wrote a commentary on the movie “Bad Moms” with a focus on happiness and achievement on Families As They Really Are blog at The Society Pages in 2016.

I wrote a summary of the 2016 Council on Contemporary Families conference at CCF@The Society Pages blog, focusing on invisibility and visibility of resources, data, and unasked questions in family research and practice.

In 2015 I wrote a three-part series (click to 1, 2, and 3) about cross-cultural metaphors on overprotective (helicopter) parents on the Families As They Really Are blog at the Society Pages.

I was invited to write a guest blog post on feminism and girls screaming at concerts for the Feminist Reflections blog at the Society Pages in 2014.

I was invited to write a guest blog post on parenting tips overload for the Families As They Really Are blog on the Society Pages in 2014.

Academic Writing

A detailed list of my academic writing and publications can be found here.