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Welcome and thanks for visiting my website.  I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at Tulane University in New Orleans.  My research and teaching interests traverse the areas of the criminal justice system, education, racial/ethnic and class inequality, politics, and quantitative methodology and my research often lies at the intersection of these subfields of sociology.  In particular, my work is interested in analyzing and understanding how interactions within and between the criminal justice system and the schooling system affect academic success, juvenile offending, choices and opportunities in young adulthood, political behavior, and future life chances.  My work has been published in Sociological Forum, Sociological Perspectives, The American Educational Research Journal, Youth & Society, and Social Science Computer Review as well as other academic outlets.  In the classroom, I teach courses on introductory and advanced quantitative methods, research methods, criminology, juvenile delinquency, deviance, education, politics, and inequality.  I teach within both a face-to-face format and an online format, and I utilize a variety of teaching techniques to invigorate the learning environment, play to the strengths of a variety of students, cultivate creative thinking, and embrace and foster diversity.