I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Central High School, the second oldest high school in the United States. I moved to Florida in 1990 to pursue a degree at Florida A&M University as a first-generation college student. My original major in college was health administration, but after taking just one sociology course, I knew that this was the field for me! I had always thought about how the social world impacts individual attitudes and behaviors, so the field of sociology became my 'natural' career choice.
I received my Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Florida A & M University in 1995 and my Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Florida in 1997. Five years later, I earned my Doctoral degree in Sociology from the University of Florida. My primary area of specialization is Marriage and Family. My dissertation examined predictors of parent-teen communication about sexual issues.
I have been teaching at SF since 2000 and I really love my job! I enjoy teaching, I am excited about the field of sociology, and I look forward to interacting with students. As a faculty member, I have been instrumental in internationalizing the marriage & family curriculum. With the support of the college, I have traveled to Africa, Europe, South America, Asia, & the Middle East. It brings me immense pleasure to share what I learn about cultures around the world!
My hobbies include playing Scrabble, reading novels, analyzing popular culture, and researching my family history.
PHD SOCIOLOGY UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
MA SOCIOLOGY UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
BS SOCIOLOGY FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
SYG 2000 - Principles of Sociloogy
SYG 2010 - Social Problems
SYG 2430 - Marriage & Family
SYP 4730 - The Sociology of Aging