A working-class Arizonan at heart, I left my beautiful desert to move to the mountains of Salt Lake City for love and grad school.

I live and work in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. I’m a historian studying gay and lesbian history, the American West, history of sexuality, and Mormon history through a Queer Theory lens. I’m working on my masters in history at the University of Utah. I also run my business The Queens’ Tea with my husband, (soon to be Dr.) Michael Ferguson. We are proud to be the first same-sex couple married in Utah.

I grew up Mormon with Utah roots. I served as a Mormon missionary in Russia for two years. I think about that part of my life often and it’s one of the reasons I write about Mormons, especially topics related to Mormon history. I consider myself an activist.

I published my first book with Arcadia Publishing titled Downtown Phoenix in January 2012. 

In no particular order I like American history, tea, whiskey, reading, writing, Mexican food and summer in Phoenix.

I have two beagles, Beau and Lacey.

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