I joined the sociology department in 2007.  My primary areas of specialization are race/ethnicity and social psychology, and I study racial identity among biracial and multiracial Americans, the role of race in adoption, and colorism (i.e., skin color bias).

I have three books:  Biracial in America: Forming and Performing Racial Identity (2011), Whiter: Asian American Women on Skin Color and Colorism (2020), and Race Relations in America: Examining the Facts (2021; co-authored with Noriko Matsumoto).  My research has also appeared in Social Psychology Quarterly, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Family Relations, The Sociological Quarterly, Sociological Spectrum, Sociological Perspectives, Sociology Compass, Teaching Sociology, and more.

 In the sociology department, I teach several courses on race relations including Soc 019 (Race Relations in the US), Soc 119 (Race and Ethnicity), Soc 219 (Race Relations).  I also regularly teach Soc 109 (Self and Society).

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Areas of Expertise and/or Research

race/ethnicity, social psychology, identity/multiracial identity


  • Ph.D. Emory University, 2007


  • (802) 656-2162
Office Location:

Room 103