I am a sociologist whose 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 life-course. Methodologically, I mainly utilize quantitative methods and recently started to incorporate computational methods.

I completed my Ph.D. in Sociology at North Carolina State University. I received my M.S. in Sociology from North Carolina State University and also earned a B.A. in Sociology 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).

I will begin as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mercer University this fall.