I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Georgia. My interdisciplinary work has been published in top journals in sociology, criminology, public health, social work, and geography. For more, see my Google Scholar page.
My research projects investigate how social institutions like the criminal justice and public welfare systems affect social inequality. I strive to do research that matters for academics, policy makers, and ordinary citizens. In the immortal words of Chuck D, I'd like my work to "teach the bourgeois and rock the boulevard." My public engagement projects include The Society Pages and The Scholars Strategy Network.
I am also an award-winning teacher, having received the Richard B. Russell Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2019, UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences' Sandy Beaver Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2017, UGA's Student Government Association's Outstanding Professor award in 2018, and the UGA Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities' Research Mentoring Award in 2018. I teach UGA's first-ever Inside-Out course in partnership with the Clarke County Jail.