I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Villanova University I received my PhD in Sociology from Pennsylvania State University in 2013. I study and teach about inequality, specifically, crime and formal social control.
My research comprises three areas: (1) I study inequalities in criminal justice experiences, most recently examining disparities in police violence, as well as (2) how criminal justice contact, particularly incarceration, creates and reproduces inequalities. For instance, I have investigated how incarceration affects political representation, family functioning, wages, and residential outcomes. (3) I also examine correlates of criminal behavior over the life course, primarily mental health to date.