Point Scholar 2004 – 2009
Michelle earned her PhD in Anthropology with a concentration in Race, Gender and Social Justice from American University in 2013. She also holds a master's degree from San Francisco State University in Human Sexuality Studies. She has focused her research on LGBTQ issues and is a strong advocate for moving academic knowledge into more readily accessible forms. Her work includes articles and reports on same-sex marriage in the US, the experience of LGBTQ youth with US educational institutions and in the foster care system, hate crimes against LGBT people as well as reproductive and HIV/AIDS public health research. Michelle also uses blogging, social media and has featured spots on radio and television programs to discuss research findings.
She currently works as a research consultant for a variety of clients. Michelle is always looking to expand her research methods repertoire and has recently ventured into the UX research realm. Having just graduated, she is seeking an academic or research position that will allow her to continue her work on sexuality and gender particularly as relates to marriage and family, economic and health disparities, environmental sustainability, and public policy. Michelle continues to pay it forward through her volunteer work with progressives in San Diego and La Jolla California, where she currently resides.