What's your role on campus?
Chair of the Department of Gender, Race, and Identity (GRI) and Associate Professor of GRI and History. GRI provides an MA, graduate certificate, BA, and several minors, including our newest minors in Black Studies, Indigenous Studies, Latinx Studies, and LGBTQ Studies! Check us out!
How long have you been riding a bike?
Since I was 6 or so, which means over 40 years. I've never been what I think of as a serious rider but I've always had a bike, usually for transportation and for fun rides. I go back and forth on how much I ride, but I love to bike commute to campus, especially in nice weather. I recently got an ebike and really appreciate it now that I'm middle-aged, and especially on days when it's super windy.
What's the most fun you've ever had on a bike?
I really love to ride by water and on bike paths where you can just go and go. My favorite rides have included the new path along the edge of Lake Tahoe, along the Charles River in Cambridge and Boston, bike trails in Santa Barbara between downtown and Goleta, and from the city of Orange out to the ocean along the Santa Ana River. I've also had a lot of fun on rides with big groups taking over the street, like in Critical Mass and in CicLavia, an annual bike festival in LA. Bikes can (help) change the world!
What's great about bike commuting to the University of Nevada, Reno?
Biking is such a calming way to start and end my day and to easily get in some exercise without having to get suited up for the gym (though sometimes I ride to the gym or pool, too). It's super helpful that there's a bike rack in front of GRI's building on campus (Thompson). I love being able to ignore my car for days at a time.
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