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.