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Contact

PO Box 5052

Cookeville, TN 38505

Academic Appointments

2019-

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN
2017-2019

Instructor of Sociology

Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN

Education

2017

PhD in Sociology

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
2013

MA in Sociology

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
2011

BA in Sociology with Highest Honors

Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Research and Teaching Interests

Sociological Research Methods
Place, Culture, and Community
Urban and Rural Sociology
Race, Class, and Gender Inequality
Family, Religion, and Identity
Regional Sociology

Publications

2019

“All Are Welcome? Southern Hospitality and the Politics of Belonging”

Study the South
forthcoming
2018

“The Distinctive South and the Invisible North: Why Urban Ethnography Needs Regional Sociology”

Sociology Compass
12(6): e12589
2017

“‘Perfectly Positioned’: The Blurring of Urban, Suburban, and Rural Boundaries in a Southern Community”

The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
672(1): 46-63
2016

“Naturalizing Gender through Childhood Socialization Messages in a Zoo”

Co-authored with David Grazian
Social Psychology Quarterly
79(3): 181-198
Winner of the 2017 Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Animals and Society Section of ASA
2015

“Mundane Mommies and Doting Daddies: Gendered Parenting and Family Museum Visits”

Qualitative Sociology
38(3): 327-348

Papers In Progress

2019

“Warm and Friendly Churches: Southern Hospitality, Christian Hospitality, and the Institutional Maintenance of Local Congregations”

In preparation

Fellowships and Funding

2019

Chapter Representative Research Travel Grant

Alpha Kappa Delta
$250
2019

Student Member Research Travel Grant
On behalf of Presley Alford

Alpha Kappa Delta
$400
2019

CITL Funding

Tennessee Tech Univerisity
$725
2019

QEP Creative Inquiry Curriculum Grant

Tennessee Tech University
$2,000
2018

College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Development Fund

Tennessee Tech University
$300
2018

Learning About Learning Travel Funding

Tennessee Tech University
$1,000
2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Gertrude and Otto Pollak ASA Travel Award

University of Pennsylvania
$1,290 total
2016, 2015, 2014, 2012

Gertrude and Otto Pollak Summer Research Fellowship

University of Pennsylvania
$15,000 total
2015

Dissertation Research Fellowship

University of Pennsylvania
$6,500
2011

Benjamin Franklin Fellowship

University of Pennsylvania
$250,000+
2011

Charles Elias Shepard Scholarship for Graduate Study

Emory University
$10,570
2008, 2007

Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship

Emory University
$1,436 total

Honors and Awards

2017

Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Animals and Society Section of ASA

2017

University of Pennsylvania Sociology PhD Dissertation Defended with Distinction

2016

University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Scholar

2010-2011

Emory College Honors Program in Sociology

2008-2011

Emory College Dean’s List

Conference Presentations

2019

“Conditional Hospitality as Lived Religion: LGBTQ Marginalization in a Southern Community”

Mid-South Sociological Association Annual Conference
Jackson, MS
2019

“Marching to a Different Beat: Voices of Social Change from a Community of Practice on Diversity and Inclusion”

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Conference
Co-presented with Ashley Akenson, Andrea Arce-Trigatti, and Jacob Kelley
Atlanta, GA
2019

“Conditional Hospitality as Lived Religion: LGBTQ Marginalization in a Southern Community”

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting
New York, NY
2019

“All Are Welcome? Southern Hospitality and the Politics of Belonging”

Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
2019

“All Are Welcome? Southern Hospitality and the Politics of Belonging”

Southern Studies Conference
Montgomery, AL
2018

“All Are Welcome? Southern Hospitality and the Politics of Belonging”

Mid-South Sociological Association Annual Conference
Birmingham, AL
2018

“Warm and Friendly Churches: Southern Hospitality, Christian Hospitality, and the Institutional Maintenance of Local Congregations”

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting
Philadelphia, PA
2018

“‘Perfectly Positioned’: The Blurring of Urban, Suburban, and Rural Boundaries in a Southern Community”

Atlanta Studies Symposium
Atlanta, GA
2018

“Warm and Friendly Churches: Southern Hospitality, Christian Hospitality, and the Institutional Maintenance of Local Congregations”

Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting
New Orleans, LA
2017

“The Hospitable South: Religion, Politics, and Belonging in a Southern Community”

Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting
Greenville, SC
2016

“The Hospitable South: Cultural Myth and Religious Practice in a Southern Community”

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
2016

“‘Perfectly Positioned’: The Blurring of Urban, Suburban, and Rural Boundaries in a Southern Community”

The New Rural-Urban Interface Conference
Philadelphia, PA
2016

“The Hospitable South: Cultural Myth and Religious Practice in a Southern Community”

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting
Seattle, WA
2016

“Urban Progressivism and Southern Hospitality: How Ecology and Morality Inform the Framing of Community Identity”

Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
2015

“Street Level: Reconsidering Urban Sociology’s Regional Bias With Observations from Metro Atlanta’s Rockdale County”

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting
Chicago, IL
2015

“Down Here: Family Life and Southern Culture in Rockdale County, Georgia”

Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting
New Orleans, LA
2014

“Only Natural: Families and the Social Construction of Gender in a City Zoo”

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting
San Francisco, CA
2014

“Mundane Mommies and Doting Daddies: Family-Oriented Consumption and Gendered Parenting in Philadelphia Museums”

Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting
Baltimore, MD
2013

“Mundane Mommies and Doting Daddies: Family-Oriented Consumption and Gendered Parenting in Philadelphia Museums”

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting
New York, NY
2012

"The Career Ladder and the Baby Cradle: College Seniors, Gender, and Work-Family Issues”

Inaugural Meeting of the Work and Family Researchers Network
New York, NY

Campus Presentations

2019

"Interviewing as a Social Science Research Method"

Guest lecture for Nicole Henniger
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN
2019

“Simulating Residential Segregation”

IMPACT Racism and Discrimination Series
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN
2019

“Build Your Resume and Learn to Network”

College of Arts and Sciences Student Workshop Series
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN
2019

“Entry-Level Jobs for Careers in Sociology”

Sociology and Criminal Justice Club Careers Workshop
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN
2018

“All Are Welcome? Southern Hospitality and the Politics of Belonging”

Wake Up Wednesday
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN
2018

“All Are Welcome? Southern Hospitality and the Politics of Belonging”

Faculty Development Fellowship
United States Air Force Academy
Colorado Springs, CO
2018

“Questions of Complicity in Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow South”

Panelist for a Center Stage event coordinated by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN
2017

“‘Perfectly Positioned’: The Blurring of Urban, Suburban, and Rural Boundaries in a Southern Community”

Author Q&A video conference for Sarah Zelner
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
2016

“The Hospitable South: Cultural Myth and Religious Practice in a Southern Community”

Urban Ethnography Workshop
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
2014

“Only Natural: Families and the Social Construction of Gender in a City Zoo”

Family and Gender Workshop
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
2013

“Mundane Mommies and Doting Daddies: Family-Oriented Consumption and Gendered Parenting in Philadelphia Museums”

Urban Studies Graduate Student Colloquium Series
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
2012

“Family Field Trips: Philadelphia Museums and the Construction of Family Time”

Urban Space and Public Life in Philadelphia: A Spotlight on Local Urban Fieldwork in Penn’s Doctoral Program in Sociology
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Teaching Experience

2017-

Instructor of Record

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Sociology Online
  • Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • Sociology of Media and Popular Culture
  • The Violent South
  • Places That Matter
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN
2012-2014

Teaching Assistant and Recitation Instructor

  • Asian Americans in Contemporary Society
  • Sociology of Media and Popular Culture
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • The Family
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Professional Development

2018, 2019

Camp QEP

Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN
2018-2019

Inclusive Excellence

Academic Learning Community
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN
2018

Faculty Development Fellowship

United States Air Force Academy
Colorado Springs, CO
2017-2018

Learning About Learning

Academic Learning Community
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN

Affiliations

Member

American Sociological Association

Member

Southern Sociological Society

Member

Mid-South Sociological Association

Member

Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society

Media Appearances

2018

Interview on America’s Declining Fertility Rate

Stonecom Radio
2018

Interview on Ethics in Government

Stonecom Radio
2017

“Faculty Fresh Face: Betsie Garner”

blogs.tntech.edu/rightnow
2017

“Animals and Society Award for Distinguished Scholarship”

Animals and Society Section Newsletter
2013

“Hipster Hobbies: Cashing in on Ancient Skills”

Katrina Bishop for CNBC.com
2013

“Goodbye Tablets, Hello Taxidermy: How Hipsters are Ditching Modern Hobbies to Learn ‘Trendy’ Ancient Skills—Like Stuffing Dead Animals”

Catherine Townsend for Dailymail.co.uk

Service to the Profession

2019

Member of the MSSA Undergraduate Student Paper Competition Committee

2013-2016

Mentor to Incoming Sociology Graduate Students at the University of Pennsylvania

2013-2014

Member of the WFRN Communications Committee

ad hoc

Reviewer for Gender & Society, Qualitative Sociology, Rowman & Littlefield, and W. W. Norton & Company

Service to the University

2019-

Member of the Online Education Advisory Committee

2019-

Member of the Women and Gender Studies Curriculum Coordinating Committee

2019-

Facilitator for the Inclusive Excellence Academic Learning Community

2018-

Volunteer for the International Friends Host Family Program

2018

Reviewer for Journal of Creative Inquiry

Service to the Department

2019-

Member and Equity Representative of the Assistant Professor of Sociology (criminology/criminal justice, generalist) Search Committee

2019-

Member and Equity Representative of the Assistant Professor of Sociology (criminology/criminal justice, policing) Search Committee

2019-

Member of the Department Faculty Onboarding Committee

2018-

Chapter Representative for the Epsilon chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society

2018, 2019

Recruitment Volunteer at Tennessee Tech Preview Day

2018

Recruitment Volunteer at the 54th American Legion Boys State

2018

Participant in the Tennessee Transfer Pathways Review

2017-

Faculty Mentor to Student Majors in Sociology

2017

Founding Member of the Sociology and Political Science Department Faculty Book Club

2017

Collaborator on the General Education Assessment for Introduction to Sociology

Service to the Public

2019-

tnAchieves Mentor

Cookeville, TN
2015-2019

Volunteer at Rockdale CASA, Inc.

Conyers, GA
2015, 2016, 2017

Volunteer at Rockdale Emergency Relief Smart Lunch, Smart Kid Program

Conyers, GA
2015-2017

Volunteer at Family Promise of NewRock

Conyers, GA
2015, 2016

Volunteer at the Rockdale Coalition Day of Connections

Conyers, GA
2008-2009

Volunteer at Fugees Family, Inc.

Scottdale, GA
2008

Intern at the Jefferson County Juvenile Court

Dandridge, TN