I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mercer University. My research and teaching interests include crime, deviance, and social control, with a primary focus on the communities and crime issues. I am also interested in urban and community sociology, LGBTQ community, and family and the life-course. Methodologically, I am particularly interested in the application of statistical models, geographic information system, qualitative comparative analysis, and computational methods to substantive topics.

I completed my Ph.D. and M.S. in Sociology at North Carolina State University. I also earned a B.A. in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance with a minor in Political Science from University of Minnesota Twin Cities and an A.A. from Seattle Central Community College (now Seattle Central College).