• Affiliate Faculty: Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies
  • Affiliate Faculty: Institute for Women’s Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • teacher education
  • english education
  • religion and public schooling
  • youth participatory action research
  • masculinities
  • catholic education
  • religious literacies


  • curriculum theory
  • religion and education
  • gender and sexualities
  • queer theory
  • youth civic engagement
  • community based research



  •  PhD in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy, 2010
    Michigan State University
  •  MA in Higher Education, 2006
    Boston College
  •  MEd in Secondary Education, English, 2004
    University of Notre Dame


Awards and Accolades

Outstanding Book Award ('On Liking the Other: Queer Subjects and Religious Discourses')

Society of Professors of Education, 2022

Kofi Lomotey Outstanding Reviewer Award

Urban Education, 2020

Emerging Scholar Award

AERA Religion & Education SIG, 2019

Service Learning Fellow

UGA Office of Service-Learning, 2019

First Year Odyssey Teaching Award

UGA Office of Instruction, 2018

UGA Writing Fellow

UGA Center for Teaching and Learning, 2015

Article of the Year ('Toward a Theory of Liking')

AERA Queer SIG, 2014