I am currently an assistant professor of Sociology and the College at the University of Chicago. I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA (2012), a M.A. in Sociology from UCLA (2008), a M.S. in Justice, Law & Society from American University (2006), and a B.A. in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2004). 

Broadly speaking, my work examines the causes, contours, and consequences of urban poverty, violence, and resilience. I make efforts to embrace the ideals of public sociology, which enlists community members as valuable co-producers of knowledge. I also enjoy collaborating with graduate students throughout the data collection and writing processes. I am currently accepting graduate students who share my research interests and approaches.