Researcher bio

My real name is Kristen Bernhardt but everyone has called me “edie” since high school.

I’m currently living in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and recently graduated from New Mexico State University with a Master’s degree in sociology. I also have a BA in journalism from Indiana University of PA, and a BA in community psychology from the University of Washington. Now that I’ve earned my degree I’d like to move back to my adopted home, the Pacific Northwest.

I’m a member of the AKD honor society, the Pacific Sociological Association, and the American Sociological Association.

My research interests include gender and sexuality issues, anti-singlism, anti-heterosexim/heteronormativity, preventing gendered violence, feminist psychology/sociology, polyamory and alternative relationship structures, and gender equity/neutrality. More general human rights issues I am interested in include: reproductive rights and access, intersections of oppression, the relationship between poverty and violence, and mental health in relation to gun control. Other interests include labor rights, solidarity economy systems, race and ethnicity, international migration, anarchist and socialist political systems, harm reduction, veterans’ rights, equal access to education, and decarceration.