My research interests are in the areas of crime and deviance, inequality, and family. In particular, I am interested in hard-to-reach and stigmatized populations, such as drug users, prison populations, homeless populations, and sex workers. I am currently working on a project with Dr. Kirk Dombrowski regarding agency and constraint experienced by underage sex workers. I have also conducted research on adolescent alcohol and marijuana use with Dr. Dan Hoyt.
In the past two years, I have been a recitation instructor for the mass introduction to sociology courses. I strive to help my students understand sociological ideas and concepts and connect them to their everyday experiences through interactive exercises and projects. I am interested in developing my skills as an instructor through teaching development workshops and seminars. In the future, I hope to teach classes in the areas of crime and deviance and family, as well as introductory and statistics courses.
M.A.: University of Nebraska-Lincoln