About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at Cornell University, a W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow of the National Institute of Justice, and a Health Equity Scholar of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Scholar Strategy Network. My research interests lie at the intersection of criminal justice policy, punishment, and racial inequality. I examine how criminal justice policy and practice, such as state collateral sanctions, drug laws, and prison education programs, impact individual life chances, social mobility, and overall well-being across racial groups. My research has been published in journals such as Criminology, Population Research and Policy Review, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Social Problems. I have also received numerous awards for my scholarship, including from the American Society of Criminology, the American Sociological Association, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and my research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, and the Center for Engaged Scholarship. I am a proud three-time The Ohio State University graduate.