I joined the sociology department in 2007.  My primary areas of specialization are race/ethnicity and social psychology, and some of my areas of study are racial identity among biracial and multiracial Americans, the role of race in adoption, and colorism.

I am author or editor of:  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 am very passionate about teaching!  I teach several courses on race/ethnicity including Soc 1370 (Race & Ethnicity in the US), Soc 2370 (Race & Ethnic Inequality in the US), Soc 3370 (Comparative Race and Ethnicity).  I also regularly teach Soc 2100 (Self and Society).  Come and take a class with me!

More information about my work at:

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