I am a cultural sociologist with interests in education and
criminology. My research focus is on teenagers' transitions in and out
of educational and carceral systems. I study how
daily interactions reproduce or disrupt
inequalities. Currently, I'm writing about how high school students
make post-secondary decisions (such as where and whether to
go to college). This research is based on more than six years of
qualitative research in New Jersey high schools. In another project
using quantitative content analysis of "big data," I
examine the social construction of the bully in national media.
I am a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Grinnell College. I received my Ph.D. in
2012 from the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University, with a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies.
I teach sociology of education, culture, self
& society, school-to-prison pipeline (visit our blog!), sociological theory, qualitative & quantitative methods, and introduction to
(photo by Justin Hayworth, Grinnell College photographer)