Hi there.

I’m Melissa, and I’m fascinated by people and the process of uncovering the patterns of human behavior hidden in the chaos of everyday life. I have a PhD in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame, and a BFA in Industrial Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. I’ve worked as a designer of both consumer packagedĀ  and durable goods. I’ve also worked as a researcher and instructor atĀ  research intensive universities.

To learn more about my research, my teaching, and my diverse skill set, please explore the tabs above.