Hello and welcome to my page! I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Colorado State University Pueblo. I earned my doctoral degree from the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado in Boulder, with special emphases in critical and feminist criminology, social inequalities, and qualitative methods.
My research focuses on the gendered and racialized politics of carcerality to explore how punishment is differentially experienced and resisted, and how those punitive measures are justified and reinforced by institutional gatekeepers. I have analyzed how neoliberal therapy narratives are formulated and enforced at a women’s reentry center and have researched the embodiment of carcerality and resistance among incarcerated men of color. My current project, in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, uses interview data to understand experiences of sexual and reproductive health care among women marginalized by race, economic disadvantage, and criminalization. Feel free to peruse through my publications read about my work.
As an educator, I seek to produce student-centered learning experiences that make challenging course material relevant to students’ lives. I work to create respectful classroom environments where we can learn from one another, and where we can make the sociological connections between our personal experiences and larger structural patterns.