I received my B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley in 2005. During my time in college, and later while working in New York, I became involved with a number of criminal justice non-profit organizations, including the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and the Center for Court Innovation.

In 2007, I began the Ph.D. program in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton University. The Joint Degree Program in Social Policy combines the strengths of a traditional discipline degree (sociology) with a year of interdisciplinary studies on inequality and a seminar series with sociologists, political scientists, psychologists, and economists. While in graduate school, I was supported by fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education. I defended my dissertation, entitled The Paradox of Probation
: Understanding the Expansion of an “Alternative” to Incarceration during the Prison Boom, in August 2013. 

In the fall of 2013, I started as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. I am  affiliated with the Minnesota Population Center, Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, and University of Minnesota Law School.

You can learn more about my ongoing work on the Research and Teaching pages or on my C.V.  You can also find me on twitter and Google Scholar.