Head of Learning & Research Support / Associate Professor
Before becoming a librarian, I earned a Masters in Anthropology at the University of Virginia and completed doctoral coursework in anthropology at the University of Missouri - Columbia. As a librarian, I remain interested in social sciences and use this background in my work as a liaison to the Anthropology and Sociology departments.
My area of interest within librarianship is Critical Information Literacy. This means going beyond basic library skills to discuss the social, political, and economic factors that shape our access to information. My primary focus is on the ways systemic patterns of racism and sexism have influenced the information available to us - from the ways these patterns have limited which voices are privileged in scholarly communications to the biases encoded into search engine algorithms.
Education / Degrees
- B.A., Anthropology, University of Missouri, 2005
- B.A., Religious Studies, University of Missouri, 2005
- M.A., Anthropology, University of Virginia, 2007
- M.A., Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri, 2011