I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Rutgers University – Camden. I am currently a faculty affiliate with the New Jersey Center on Gun Violence Research as well as an external faculty fellow with the Health Criminology Research Consortium at Saint Louis University. I am also an advisory board member with the Health Sciences Program at Rutgers – Camden and an affiliated scholar with the Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE).
I earned my PhD in the Department of Sociology at Emory University in 2018, specializing in criminology and the sociology of health and illness under the direction of Dr. Robert Agnew. I aim to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to my research and teaching whenever possible across criminology, sociology, public health, and public policy. I am currently an editorial board member for Journal of Marriage & Family, Journal of Criminal Justice, and Abuse: An International Impact Journal.
Broadly speaking, my research examines (1) the causes and consequences of community gun violence and (2) the connections between health, criminal justice exposure, and violent victimization. The study of health disparities is a central focus across both areas of research. I have recently published my work in Social Science & Medicine, Justice Quarterly, Health & Place, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Homicide Studies, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Crime and Delinquency, and Aggression and Violent Behavior.
In my free time, I enjoy playing and writing music, running, playing volleyball, traveling, rooting for the Green Bay Packers, and hiking with my wife, Isabel, and our two pugs, Jordy and Goji.