I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Occidental College, a private, liberal arts college in Los Angeles, California.

My research and teaching interests, broadly conceived, are concerned with fundamental questions about justice and inequality in our society.

Some of my recent work has focused on the American death penalty (How Ethical Systems Change: Lynching and Capital Punishment, Routledge, 2011; Justice Quarterly). My dissertation examined the promise of ‘closure’ for victims’ loved ones as a contemporary rationale for capital punishment and was supported by the Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program.

In addition, I am interested in American racial and ethnic relations with a focus on racial attitudes and contemporary discrimination. This work has been published (e.g., Qualitative Sociology, Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Relations) and featured in several mainstream outlets (e.g., New York Times, National Public RadioContexts).

In 2011, I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to that, I completed an M.A. and B.A. in Sociology along with a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Florida.

I have been fortunate to teach a variety of sociology courses to truly wonderful students. I am constantly inspired by their work, some of which can be viewed here.


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