I teach because it brings me in contact with students who are passionate
about making the world a better place. I teach public health because it
provides a global understanding and a
set of practical skills that enables them to do so.
I am a native of Seattle, WA and completed a self-designed major in
Multicultural Health Advocacy from Fairhaven College in Bellingham, WA.
After graduating I joined the Peace Corps and served as a Health
Specialist in rural Honduras for two years. Bitten by
the travel bug, I moved to Germany where I taught high school and
traveled throughout Western and Eastern Europe for three years. My
experiences outside of the US expanded my perspectives on health and
wellness and inspired me to return to the US to work with
communities to improve health and nutrition, specifically pediatric
obesity. I subsequently earned an MS in Food Policy and an MPH in
Epidemiology from Tufts University. While at Tufts I taught cooking and
nutrition classes to low-income adults and adolescents
and conducted obesity research in preschool settings. These experiences
ultimately led me to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
where I received my PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology. From 2010-2013, I
served as an Assistant Professor of Nutrition
in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill. In 2013 I accepted a faculty position at Furman University,
excited to return to a small, liberal arts setting.
While not at school I enjoy cooking, gardening, lifting weights and
doing yoga. I am married to Rusty Miller, a 1998 Furman graduate and
Head Coach of Furman Cycling. We enjoy getting outdoors with our black
labs, Barley and David.