About Me

I am currently a Teaching Assistant Professor at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science. I also work on Project READY: Reimagining Equity and Access for Diverse Youth, funded by an IMLS grant. My journey to UNC Chapel Hill began at the other end of Tobacco Road, at Duke University. I graduated from Duke’s Bachelor of Science in Biology program in 2005. My four years at Duke cemented my love of science (and college basketball!), and also witnessed the beginnings of what has blossomed into a passion for teaching. I left Duke not for a doctoral program in biology, as I had originally intended, but instead for a Master of Arts in Teaching program at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

While earning my M.A.T., I taught 6th grade science in a high-poverty urban middle school, where I came face to face with race- and class-based educational inequities in a way I had never previously experienced. In my second year there, my school became one of the first single-gender public schools in the nation (a young women’s academy), which opened my eyes further to the ways that intersections of race, class, and gender can create or constrain opportunities for American youth, especially when it comes to STEM fields.

My husband and me at historic Jamestown, 2018.

In 2007, I graduated from the M.A.T. program and returned to Durham with my husband, who had decided to continue his own education at Duke Law School. I taught 7th grade science for two years in the Durham Public Schools, and it was during these years that I began to be intrigued by the job of the school librarian. While I still loved science, I found that I missed the opportunity to be a generalist, and was excited by the opportunities for school leadership inherent in the school librarian’s job. So in 2009, I returned to school full-time to pursue a master’s in library science from UNC Chapel Hill.

Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell and me, 2018.

As a Duke graduate (and still a die-hard Cameron Crazy), I never anticipated wanting to stay at UNC beyond the two years of the master’s program. However, that is just what happened, as I found the field of Library Science to be immensely interesting as well as personally and professionally fulfilling. I have been fortunate to work with and be mentored by some truly amazing people in my time at UNC, particularly my doctoral advisor, Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell. For more about my professional work, see the Research, Service, and Teaching sections of this website.

The sloth is my patronus.

Outside of school and work, I am a wife and mother. My husband is an education law attorney in Raleigh, North Carolina, and we have two amazingly awesome sons.  I have a wide range of hobbies and interests including photography, cooking, reading, gardening, music, home improvement, and crafting (embroidery, like the project shown to the left, is my newest obsession). I love all of these hobbies, but am a master of none because what I love best is learning about new hobbies (my generalist tendencies strike again!). I am an introvert, but I am not shy. I love Old English Sheepdogs, monkeys, tv shows about vampires (especially this one), Jeopardy!, and awards show red carpets. Want to know more? Connect with me, read my résumé, and look through the rest of this website. Thanks for visiting!