Teaching Philosophy

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.

Teaching Experience

Colorado State University Pueblo (2015-present)

Race and Crime

Explaining Crime


Crime, Drugs, and Social Policy

Social and Cultural Theory

University of Colorado Boulder (2008-2015)

Drugs in U.S. Society

Juvenile Delinquency

Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.

Crime and Society

Deviance in U.S. Society


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