Director of Program II
Manages Trinity A&S Graduation with Distinction Program
Dean for Trinity Transfer Students
Liaison for the Social Sciences to the DUS Board
I grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon and earned a B.S. in Political Science from Portland State University. I earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research centered on the nature of the relationship between racial identity and academic culture and the extent to which such a relationship explains the critical political engagement (CPE) of African American intellectuals. At UNC I taught political science and African American studies courses in addition to working as an academic advisor for undergraduate students. I specialized in transfer student advising; working directly with transfer students, their campus partners, and community colleges across the state of North Carolina.
I came to Duke in 2015 as a Director of Academic Engagement (DAE). As a DAE, I advised students about curricular and co-curricular opportunities relevant to their intellectual interests. In 2017 I became an Academic Dean specializing in transfer students, Program II and Peer Advising.
The whole Tar Heel/Blue Devil overlap is a circle that’s hard to square sometimes. My motto remains; ‘I always cheer for my students: I am because you are.’ Outside of Duke I am a mother of two daughters, an exuberant ‘band Mom,’ guardian of a dog and a cat, novice gardener and kayaker, and searcher of waterfalls in both the Pacific Northwest and the Southern United States.