I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Sam Houston State University. Broadly, my work theorizes about the institutional dynamics of contested fields. As a trained sociologist, I take a mixed-methods approach to studying gray markets, the motivations for politically motivated violence, and more recently, the commodification of the prison experience.
My research has been published in Social Problems, Crime & Delinquency, Poetics, Law & Policy, Sociological Inquiry, Sociological Perspectives, and Sociological Focus. My most recent article ““Cannabis Businesses Are Being Good Contributors to the Community”: The Regulated Cannabis Industry and Cannabis Normalization in the United States” was accepted at Crime & Delinquency. Please email me if you would like preprint access.
I earned my B.A. in Letters, Arts, and Sciences from Penn State-Altoona and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Arizona.