I am an Assistant Professor at Westminster College, a private, liberal arts college located in the beautiful rolling hills of western Pennsylvania.
My teaching and research interests focus on basic questions about the roots of youth behavior, including crime/delinquency, with a particular focus on the links between family histories and adolescent outcomes. I am currently teaching Deviance, Sociology of Family, and Capstone II. Other classes I teach at Westminster College include Principles of Sociology, Minority-Majority Relations, Data Analysis, Victimology, and Capstone I.
My research on families and youth behavior appears in academic journals such as Journal of Family Issues, Sociological Perspectives, the Journal of Marriage and Family, and the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. If you are interested in my research and other scholarly pursuits, check out my curriculum vitae.
I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University in 2012, where I also received my M.S. in sociology. Before that, I received my B.A. in sociology and psychology from the University of Rhode Island.
“Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.” –C. Wright Mills