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, nonprofit organizing, and food politics. At the graduate level, I especially enjoy advising graduate students and co-teaching graduate core courses like "Communication and the Political" and "Communication and the Social."
Recently, I've written about how some employers like the meatpacking industry have increased their profitability through claims of exceptionalism at the expense of worker health and safety during the evolving pandemic.
I've also studied the use of wage transparency by arts and museum workers who are fighting against increasing precarity. You can read more about how wage transparency is part of broader collective efforts by nonprofit and arts and museum workers to improve their working conditions and pay in this Crosscut article I was quoted in.
I am currently working on a book project focused on all things "wage talk." This project traces contemporary wage practices and discourses within three key sites: corporate advocacy, living wage campaigns, and employer discourses.
Before becoming a professor, I worked as a: dishwasher, restaurant server, ticket seller, salesperson, tractor driver, environmental educator, and web site developer.