Training + Facilitation

Bringing provocative thought experiments, experiential learning practices, engaging media content, storytelling, and mindfulness practices to generate out of the box ideas, personal insight, and deep community

Current Trainings & Workshops

  • Using Non-Violent Communication to Build Inclusive Organizational Cultures
  • Discerning the Next Right Thing: Making Decisions that Resonate
  • Self Care for World Changers
  • Lookism 101: Unpacking Beauty Culture, Ableism, and Fatphobia
  • Bad Allying: Real Talk about White Anti-Racism and White Supremacy


Here’s where I’ve taught…
University of California, Los Angeles, Vanderbilt University, Warren Wilson College, Western Carolina University, and Belmont University

Here’s what I taught…

  • Queer Sociology
  • Medical Sociology
  • Feminist & Gender Theory
  • Public Sociology
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Social Problems
  • Sociology Through Film
  • Deviant Social Behavior
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Human Society
  • Medicine and Society
  • Gender and Society
  • Contemporary Social Problems
  • Men and Women in American Society    

Here’s what students shared…

By starting off my college experience with your course, I tapped into skills I never knew I had. You changed the course of my studies, and more importantly, you changed the lens I saw the world through. Your course is what made college a pivotal experience for me…You set the groundwork for my feminist politic and introduced me to a new way to live and love.

Dr. Talley facilitates class conversations so that everyone feels comfortable enough to express their opinions on sometimes controversial or difficult topics…After completing one of her projects, I felt like I had become a better writer, scholar, and critical thinker because of all the work I put into it. I have never felt that way about any other assignment during my college career, but I consistently felt that way after completing a project for Dr. Talley.

A student of Dr. Talley’s can expect to grow. They can expect to leave their institution with the ability to think critically, to communicate clearly, and to challenge underlying assumptions. They will have known the joy of meeting intellectual challenges head on and being forced to push their capacity to think to a higher level. They will have had the opportunity to examine their relationship to the social world around them and understand it in new ways. They can expect to graduate from their institution feeling prepared for continued education or employment opportunities. Such students will find over the course of their undergraduate career, or even the course of a semester, that the experience has been a transformative one and that their lives are drastically and irrevocably changed.

Lectures, Keynotes, and Conference Presentations

As a speaker-facilitator, I have engaged groups on topics ranging from sexual consent to racism, medical innovation to queer politics, social activism to transformative teaching.I have been a featured speaker at University of Chicago, Cornell College, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, the National Women’s Studies Association, the American Sociological Society, the Society for Social Problems, and the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit.

Past Events:

  • Book Talks about Saving Face at Oregon State University, Salem College, Pepperdine University, and the University of North Carolina-Asheville
  • It’s Not Slacktivism: Innovating Intersectional Feminist Activism in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter at The University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Writing Feminist Futures, From Idea to Submission at The University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Mediating Feminisms: A Workshop by The Feminist Wire at National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference
  • Thinking Inequalities and Difference Alongside Policies of Reproductive Politics and Sexuality at Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit  
  • Saving Face: The Vital Significance of Aesthetic Intervention at American Sociological Association Annual Conference
  • Writing Protest, Public Feminism: Notes on The Feminist Wire at Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference
  • Queering Pedagogical Space: A Workshop on Teaching at Queer Studies Conference UNCA
  • Sharing Feminism: The Promise of Social Media for 21st Century Feminist Consciousness Raising at WCU Gender Conference
  • Gender and the Science of Difference: Cultural Politics of Contemporary Science and Medicine at National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference
  • Writing Pop Feminism, Doing Feminist Public Sociology at University of Chicago
  • Teaching Queerly: The Politics of Location and Other Queer Conundra in the Classroom at Queer Studies Conference UNCA
  • Aesthetic Intervention as Life Saving Work: The Case of Face Transplantation at American Sociological Association Annual Conference
  • Not a Pretty Face: Face Transplantation and the Construction of Difference As Death” and “Aesthetic Interventions and the Production of Unremarkability at Cornell College
  • Not a Pretty Girl: Facial Feminization and the Theory of Facial Sex Difference at American Sociological Association Annual Conference
  • Thinking and Theorizing: Telling a Sociological Story, Appearance Matters: Aesthetics and Disability, Deconstructing Race Talk, and Gendering the Face at University of North Carolina, Asheville
  • Extreme Makeover: Cultural Investments in Face Work at the American Sociological Association Annual Conference
  • Enacting Critical Pedagogy: Praxis in the Undergraduate Classroom at Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Conference
  • Integrating Queer Studies into the Sociology Curriculum at American Sociological Association Annual Conference
  • The Contradictory Contours of the Contemporary GLBTQ Political Landscape at American Sociological Association Annual Conference
  • Interrupting University Inequality Talk: The Interjection of Queer/Critical Praxis into Classrooms, Curriculum and Academic Space at Southern Sociological Society Annual Meetings

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