I am a doctoral candidate in sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology 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). My research and teaching interests include crime, deviance, and social control, with a primary focus on the community and crime topics. Other areas of interests include urban and community sociology, LGBTQ community, and family and life-course. I am also interested in quantitative and computational methods.