My current research examines the values and practices animating the living wage movement and its impacts on the restaurant industry.

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on organizational communication, feminist theories of work, nonprofits, and food politics. I am currently a Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar.

Before becoming a professor, I worked as a: dishwasher, restaurant server, ticket seller, salesperson, tractor driver, environmental educator, and web site developer.

If I could be anything in the world, I'd be a detective.