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I am a cultural historian whose work often crosses national and disciplinary boundaries. I specialize in the fields of Gender & Sexuality and Celebration Studies, and I am particularly interested in Carnivals and drag pageants. 


My first book, Carnival in Alabama: Marked Bodies and Invented Traditions in Mobile, uses Mardi Gras as a vehicle to understand social and cultural changes in Mobile, Alabama (USA) in the second half of the 20th century.


For the ongoing oral history project, Queens of the South(s), I am interviewing performers who defy gender normativity in different parts of the globe.


I am currently a Lecturer at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, and I also serve as co-editor of the Journal of Festive Studies and as a host/interviewer for the New Books Network podcast

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