Over the past thirteen years, I have continually been inspired by the courage and fortitude of the hundreds of sexual violence survivors I have worked with. Drawing on my experiences as an advocate for survivors of violence, and on my formal training as an academic researcher, I am uniquely situated to understand and address the micro-level challenges facing survivors of violence, and the macro-level cultural forces that create such challenges. My combined identity as an anthropologist, an educator, and an advocate create a strong framework for me to provide customized lectures and trainings for my clients.
As an anthropologist and an educator, I specialize in teaching people about many different aspects of gender-based violence. I am experienced in conducting presentations about sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, child abuse, and sex trafficking. My classes and trainings about gender-based violence focus on the psychological and physical impact of violence on survivors; survivors’ coping strategies; legal and social challenges facing survivors; and violence prevention programs. My teaching style is heavily influenced by the theory of “intersectionality,” which means that I recognize and address how different forms of oppression – like sexism, racism, classism, and heterosexism – affect survivors in different, intersecting ways. As an advocate, I believe in creating survivor-centric trainings and workshops. This means that I designs lectures and programs that acknowledge the struggles that survivors may have faced in the past, or may be currently facing, while I also highlight and celebrate the various ways that survivors have thrived in the face of adversity.
Since 2009, I have conducted presentations at the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Society for Anthropology of North America. In 2013, I was an invited speaker at the University of Maryland's "Interrupting Violence: A Critical Dialogue" event, in 2015, I conducted a 90-minute presentation at the End Violence Against Women International 2015 annual conference and at the National Sexual Assault Conference in 2016. In October 2015, I conducted a 4-hour training for the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault.
I am available to serve as a speaker or lecturer for events of various sizes, including conferences and community education initiatives. Additionally, I am available to create customized trainings and interactive workshops for your community organization, school group, or faith-based community. Please contact me if you are interested in learning about how I can help educate your employees, volunteers, or community members.