My research investigates the history of gender and sexuality in America during the late 19th and 20th centuries. My dissertation uses rodeo as a lens to scrutinize the intersecting performances of region, gender, sexuality, and race surrounding the imagined American West. Particularly, I am researching case studies that include the Texas Prison Rodeo, the emergence of mechanical bulls as bar entertainment, and the International Gay Rodeo Association. My other interests include body and fashion culture, as well as other forms of gendered popular culture. I hold a MA in Regional Studies: East Asia, with a focus on Japanese girl culture, from Harvard University and a BA in History from Willamette University.