How does it feel to be back in the department where you trained and earned your PhD?
I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to come back to IU SOC. I suppose it feels a bit like coming home—teaching again where I taught my very first class (back in 2009) and having an office in the hallway where I so often met with my mentors. I’ve worked in interdisciplinary units since graduating in 2016 (which certainly have their perks!), so it feels good to be squarely back at home in sociology. I also feel lucky to return to such an intellectually vibrant and collegial department. Just as I remember, there are more colloquia than I can possibly find time for. The biggest change is probably that some friendly faces are missing. I won’t mention names, because I don’t want to miss anyone, but I hope you’re all enjoying your retirements!