I am a sociological criminologist and ethnographer whose work examines how intersectional
inequalities are enacted, reproduced, and/or challenged in various structural contexts.
I use qualitative and quantitative methodologies to study community-based reactions
to crime/disorder, formal and informal policing, violent crime, sexual victimization,
and the education of marginalized youth. My work appears in journals such as Women’s
Studies International Forum, Law and Social Inquiry, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography;
Race and Justice, Critical Criminology, and Feminist Criminology. I am jointly appointed
in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies and serve as an affiliate faculty member
of African and African American Studies at LSU.
My approach to scholarship involves the tight integration of research, teaching, and community-based action. This is reflected in my current primary research agenda: a multi-site collaborative ethnography of community gardens and cooperative grassroots organizations in the southern United States. In addition to this project, I also have other ongoing work—for example, a peer interview-based study of young people’s understandings of barroom aggression and a co-authored analysis of rap and hip hop artists’ visions of and connections to community.
I regularly involve students in my ongoing research agenda by providing opportunities to collect and analyze data and to learn qualitative research methods in every single class I teach. Mentoring is a priority for me. I therefore co-author with my graduate students; supervise a wide variety of independent student research projects and internships; and volunteer with the Ronald McNair Undergraduate Research Program, ASPIRE Undergraduate Research Program, LSU Discover undergraduate research program, and the Pre-Doctoral Scholars’ Institute (PDSI) in addition to engaging in a wide variety of informal mentoring activities.
Courses recently taught at LSU
(Syllabi provided below are only for illustrative purposes and are subject to change every semester)