I received my PhD in Sociology from LSU in December 2016 and began teaching as an adjunct instructor in the sociology department the following semester. My dissertation research used a critical race framework to study a local neighborhood sports program, and my interests are at the intersection of race and ethnicity, community development, and sports sociology. One of my favorite places is the college classroom, and I have enjoyed teaching courses in Social Problems, Introduction to Sociology, and Research Methods in Sociology as well as tutoring college students in a wide range of social science courses. Most of my courses include opportunities for students to become engaged with the local (off-campus) community in Baton Rouge because this gives students the opportunity to apply what they are learning and to use their education to make a positive contribution to our society. Aside from teaching, I also work for an organization called SportQuest, where I am an administrator and coach for a youth soccer program, team chaplain for youth football and basketball teams, and director of a large summer sports camp in Baton Rouge. SportQuest also gives me the chance to travel in the US and overseas to train other sports outreach workers and lead sports clinics.
PhD: Louisiana State University (2016)