I am a Sociology Doctoral Candidate and Research Fellow at Louisiana State University.
My research interests fall broadly into the areas of criminology, community, and the social structures —both formal and informal— that connect them. I particularly focus on the importance of contextual factors for various disadvantaged populations. I have published on a wide range of topics, from health to gentrification to refugee resettlement, but my core focus and research remain on communities, crime, and the criminal justice system. I specialize in quantitative and spatial methods to investigate these topics.
I graduated with honors and a B.A. double majoring in Sociology (Criminology emphasis) and Psychology Research from the University of Montana. I received my M.A. from Louisiana State University in 2016. My dissertation focuses on the relationships between social capital and recidivism at the macro-, meso-, and micro-levels. I have published manuscripts in Social Science Research, Crime & Delinquency, Delinquent Behavior, PLOS One, and Perspectives on Global Development and Technology.
I served on Louisiana's Justice Reinvestment Initiative grant (in conjunction with the DOJ) as we created processes to assess and provide treatments and services to returning citizens to help them successfully reintegrate into their home communities.
I am an active mentor for incoming graduate students (and beyond!) in my graduate department, truly enjoying building connections and guiding/preparing them for research, access, and academia. I also serve as an ad hoc reviewer for City & Community, Deviant Behavior, Criminal Justice & Behavior, and Social Problems.
You can read about my research here
I was recently awarded both the Dissertation Year Fellowship for 2019-2020 and the Roland J. Pellegrin Outstanding Graduate Student Award.