I am a PhD candidate at the University of Arizona in the School of Sociology. I received an MA in Sociology in 2013 from the University of Arizona and a BA in Sociology in 2009 from the University of Missouri - Saint Louis.

My research interests include Punishment and Incarceration, Work and Occupations, Inequality, the Sociology of Culture, Economic Sociology, Ethnography and Qualitative Methods, and Boundaries and Classification.

My dissertation is an ethnographic study of a US state prison complex, exploring the organization and process of inmate labor in the carceral setting and the reproduction of social inequality on the ground in this institution. My MA research was an ethnographic and interview study emphasizing processes of distinction among cultural producers through competing temporal logics of authenticity.

My work has been published in Research in the Sociology of Work, Poetics, and Cinta de Moebio. In addition to journal publications, I have contributed to online outlets such as the Punishment and Society blog of the Law and Society Association.

My recent awards include a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant from the National Science Foundation, a Frederick and Margaret Conrad Fellowship from the UA School of Sociology, the 2017 Student Paper Award from the Division on Corrections and Sentencing from the American Society of Criminology, and the 2017 Robert Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement from the Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology of the American Sociological Association.



Criminology and Punishment

Penal Labor, Carceral Sociology, Critical Criminology

2013 - 2018 (expected)

University of Arizona

PhD Candidate in Sociology, ABD

Sociology of Work and Occupations

Classification and Formality, Semi-Formal Work, Precarious Labor

Sociology of Culture

Social Reproduction, Boundaries, Meaning

Qualitative Research Methods

Ethnography, Interviewing, Formal Models

2011 - 2013

University of Arizona

Master of Arts in Sociology

2005 - 2009

University of Missouri - St. Louis

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology