I am an Assistant Professor at Westminster College, a private, liberal arts college located in the beautiful rolling hills of western Pennsylvania. In Fall 2014, I will be joining the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Elon University, in North Carolina.


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 Data Analysis and Capstone I. Other courses I teach include Deviance, Sociology of Family, Capstone II, Principles of Sociology, and Minority-Majority Relations. I will be teaching Quantitative Research Methods and Criminology in the Fall semester at Elon.

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