Associate Professor of Sociology, Louisiana State University

My primary research interests are in the areas of gender, bodies and embodiment, sexuality, families, sociological and feminist theories, and qualitative methodologies. From drag queens to gay fathers to Botox, my work consistently explores timely and provocative issues that advance knowledge on how individuals participate in and challenge the existing gender order. I am the author of Botox Nation: Changing the Face of America (NYU Press), which is the first in-depth social investigation of Botox as a cultural phenomenon. Combining in-depth interviews, analysis of media, and my own experiences, I use Botox as a captivating lens through which to view how norms about bodies, gender, and aging are constructed and reproduced on cultural and individual levels.

Experience

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    Associate Professor of Sociology, Louisiana State University