Assistant professor, social work, earned her Ph.D. in philosophy of social work with a certificate in gender and women's studies, from the University of Illinois at Chicago's Jane Addams College of Social Work. Her dissertation research titled "An Examination of Homophobia and Social Work Practice Among a Sample of School Social Workers" was drawn from a national sample. Her research interests include homophobia, organizational change and issues of gender, race and social economic status. She was a school social worker with Chicago Public Schools, and has over 10 years of social work practice experience. She is also the co-founder and board president of En Las Tablas Performing Arts Community Center located in the West Logan Square area of Chicago, and is a spoken word performer who writes prose and monologues as an act of oppositional politics. Her work has been featured in NASW speaks and Sinister Wisdom.