I'm an Assistant Professor of sociology at the University of Georgia.
I study law, crime, and deviance, especially the intersections between crime, punishment, and public welfare programs. My research projects investigate how social institutions like the criminal justice and public welfare systems affect social inequality. My current project examines the relationships between General Assistance welfare programs, crime, and incarceration in the United States from 1960-2010. In other work, I study the effects of punishment on work, voting, reentry, and community health.
I received my PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2013. I also hold a Master of Social Work degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
I care about doing research that matters for academics, policy makers, and ordinary citizens. In the immortal words of Chuck D, I'd like my work to "reach the bourgeois and rock the boulevard."
My public engagement projects include The Society Pages and The Scholars Strategy Network.
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