I am a cultural criminologist with an interest in questioning how we think about and frame corrections and correctional systems. I specialize in visual and qualitative methods, including photo documentation. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Eastern Michigan University in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology (SAC).
I received my Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine in 2011. My research interests focus on the ways in which correctional systems are defined and constructed and the geographical spaces in which these systems are located. While my research aims to push criminological inquiry in new directions, it also serves my students. As a teacher-scholar, my research experience translates into support for student-led research projects, particularly those using semi-structured interviews, textual analysis, or visual analysis. For information on my teaching, research, and outreach activities, please view my curriculum vitæ of selected activities.