I’m a PhD graduate student at Emory University, where I study everything related to healthcare. My dissertation focuses on how hospitals implement innovations, like weigh-loss surgery. I want to know how our “healthcare-is-a-business” model might incentivize profitable procedures, but not life-saving ones. I also teach the Sociology of Health and Illness and an Introduction to Quantitative Theory and Methods lab section (conducted in R).

I was born and raised in Franklin, Tennessee. I graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2014, where I majored in sociology and creative writing. In my free time, I love to hike, bike, and volunteer at a local equine therapy center: Stride Ahead. I’m also the least-talented member of a championship volleyball team.

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