Misty is a cultural anthropologist whose areas of specialty include gender, sexuality, urban studies, and qualitative methodology. Her work primarily focuses on the intersections of race, gender, and class in societal systems, including gender-based violence and human trafficking. Currently, she is working on a Process Evaluation and Impact Assessment of the Safe Harbor Docket in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice System, the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Project, and the Cuyahoga County Tapestry System of Care.
She obtained her PhD from Washington State University. Prior to joining the Begun Center, she was the Senior Research Associate for the Social Justice Institute of Case Western Reserve University, where she oversaw an ethnographic study of East Cleveland. She has also been involved in evaluating municipal practices as they pertain to the LGBT community. She has presented her work at the European Association for Social Anthropologists and the American Association and has published several book chapters, including pieces in Selves, Symbols, and Sexualities: Contemporary Readings; Asking for It: Discussions of Consent and Sexual Violence; and an article in Education, Citizenship and Social Justice.