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Contact

PO Box 5052

Cookeville, TN 38505

Employment

2017-

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

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

Publications

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

2018

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

In preparation
2018

“Urban Progressivism and Southern Hospitality: How Comparison Cases Reveal Shared Processes of Community Attachment”

Co-authored with Sarah Zelner
In preparation
2018

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

In preparation

Fellowships and Funding

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

“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

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

Spring 2019

Instructor

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Sociology Online
  • The Violent South
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN
Fall 2018

Instructor

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Sociology Online
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN
Summer 2018

Instructor

  • Introduction to Sociology Online
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN
Spring 2018

Instructor

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology of Media and Popular Culture
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN
Fall 2017

Instructor

  • Introduction to Sociology
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN
Spring 2014

Teaching Assistant and Recitation Instructor

  • Introduction to Sociology
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Fall 2013

Teaching Assistant and Recitation Instructor

  • The Family
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Spring 2013

Teaching Assistant and Recitation Instructor

  • Sociology of Media and Popular Culture
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Fall 2012

Teaching Assistant and Recitation Instructor

  • Asian Americans in Contemporary Society
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Professional Development

2018-2019

Inclusive Excellence

Academic Learning Community
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN
2018

Faculty Development Fellowship

United States Air Force Academy
Colorado Springs, CO
2018

Camp QEP

Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN
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

2016

Reviewer for Qualitative Sociology

2015-2016

Reviewer for Gender & Society

2013-2016

Mentor to Incoming Sociology Graduate Students at the University of Pennsylvania

2013-2014

Communications Committee Member for the Work and Family Researchers Network

Service to the University

2018-

Volunteer for the International Friends Host Family Program

2018

Reviewer for Journal of Creative Inquiry

Service to the Department

2018-

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

2017-

Faculty Mentor to Student Majors in Sociology

2018

Recruitment Volunteer at TTU Preview Day

2018

Recruitment Volunteer at the 54th American Legion Boys State

2018

Participant in the Tennessee Transfer Pathways Review

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

2015-

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

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