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I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice (Primary) and the Department of Urban-Global Health in the School of Public Health (Secondary) at Rutgers University. I am the Director of Interpersonal Violence Research with the New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center and a faculty researcher with the Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium at the Rockefeller Institute of Government at SUNY.

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 across criminology, sociology, public health, and public policy.

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 published my work in a wide range of journals that span numerous fields including criminology and criminal justice, public health, sociology, and medicine. I am currently an editorial board member for Journal of Criminal Justice, Homicide Studies, and Criminology.

Beyond my academic work, I’ve engaged with public audiences across print, radio, and television. My research has been featured in a wide range of outlets including the New York Times, LA Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, Star Ledger, Scientific American, The Trace, Prevention Magazine, PBS, NPR, CBS Face the Nation, NewsNation, Fox News, and ABC Action News.

In my free time, I enjoy playing and writing music with my solo project Born Soon, running, reading, traveling, rooting for the Green Bay Packers, and hiking with my wife, son, and two pugs, Jordy and Goji.