Dana is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology, with an undergraduate degree in International Development and master’s degrees in Political Science and Sociology. She studies the consequences of close legislative decisions in order to better understand the relationship between legal and cultural change. Her dissertation is a comparative historical analysis of the right-to-die movement in the Western United States in the 1990s, focusing specifically on contentious ballot measures in Washington, California, and Oregon. Her research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Dana’s broader research and teaching interests include the sociology of law, gender and sexuality, the sociology of culture, research design, and qualitative methods. In college, she competed in public speaking and debate at the world championship level, and coached high school debate. Prior to beginning graduate school, she worked as an independent consultant for the Canadian International Development Agency’s Afghanistan and Pakistan Task Force. She looks forward to working with students in the social sciences and humanities on all types of academic writing, including grant proposals, as well as helping them develop their public speaking and presentation skills.