Mary is a fifth year Gender Studies PhD student who uses masculinity as a foundation for studying gender inequality. She received her M.A. in International Affairs from The New School in New York City where she used human rights based frameworks to analyze social policies. Mary worked for four years as a Program Officer at Instituto Promundo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where her programmatic work was guided by human rights theory and masculinities frameworks. After more than seven total years working in Latin America on gender inequality and poverty alleviation, she returned to get her doctorate at UCLA. Today, focusing on the intersection of neoliberalism, masculinity, health, and gender inequality, her interests have returned to the U.S. South where she spent the first 22 years of her life.
Her current focus includes an analysis of the effects of microfinance on household gender relations in rural Bangladesh, a feminist analysis of federally funded economic policies that target women in the United States, and using the social determinants of health framework to understand health outcomes for children in south Florida. For the 2019-2020 academic year, she is a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Predoctoral Trainee through the National Institutes of Health (NIH).