My commitment to social justice and knowledge as power informs my overall teaching philosophy. I imagine the classroom as a liberatory space that transforms the students’ and instructor’s relationship to knowledge. Instead of treating students as passive recipients of knowledge, I regard them as capable of making valuable contributions to the learning process. I facilitate a student-centered dynamic that creatively connects students’ prior information and experiences to sociological frameworks. Making knowledge relevant to students’ lives enables them to become lifelong critical thinkers and public sociologists, actively engaged with their social worlds.
Colorado State University Pueblo (2015-present)
Race and Crime
Crime, Drugs, and Social Policy
Social and Cultural Theory
University of Colorado Boulder (2008-2015)
Drugs in U.S. Society
Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
Crime and Society
Deviance in U.S. Society