The Order of the Pearl

This summer, I had the distinction of receiving Kappa Delta’s alumnae honor, The Order of the Pearl, in recognition of outstanding contributions to society. The nomination letter, written by my sisters in the Sigma Theta chapter, detailed my decades of research on LGBTQ issues, as well as my more current work on dialogue across political […]

The Placemat That Will Resolve All Political Conflict at Thanksgiving Dinner

Have you been lamenting the dearth of whimsical political placemats during this election cycle? Let me help you rectify this problem. The Flowchart That Will Resolve All Political Conflict in Our Country is available in a Thanksgiving-themed placemat (you can order from Zazzle)! It’s the perfect salve for rifts with family and friends from the […]

Beyond Your Bubble book release

Beyond Your Bubble: How to Connect Across the Political Divide, Skills and Strategies for Conversations That Work was released on August 11 (which also happens to be my birthday!). Friends, family, and colleagues joined me for a virtual book release event. In the video, I talk about the book, read some excerpts, poll the audience […]


My hometown has become a hashtag. I grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia in the 1970’s and 80’s. It was a quiet, Southern college town. My biracial family moved there in 1968; only a year earlier the marriage of my Chinese-American mother and New York Jew father would not have been legal in Virginia, but I […]