I am a PhD student at Boston University.

I completed my masters degree in history at the University of Utah in May 2015 where I studied the history of sexuality in the American West, specifically gay and lesbian history in Utah.

historyconfereceAt the University of Utah I studied the history of HIV/AIDS in the state and its effects on sexuality, culture, and family. After graduation I worked as researcher gathering oral histories from people who lived through the AIDS epidemic in the state. These interviews and ephemera are now kept in the newly created Kristen Ries/Maggie Snyder HIV/AIDS Archive at the University of Utah. This project studied the places of care for people with HIV/AIDS including medical providers, community support networks, families, and religious organizations. More information about that project can be found here.

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My final project in graduate school tracked the development of Queer Nation Utah, a radical gay rights group that promoted queer visibility and fought homophobia in the early 1990s.

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My dissertation is about conversion therapy in the United States and the way that this new field of science linked the state and the church in unexpected ways.

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