My research interests are in criminal justice, culture, development, economics, institutions, political sociology, and the state.
My intellectual work examines how institutions shape society by looking at incarceration, war and the military, and the State at both micro- and macro-sociological levels. Understanding invisible processes of social control and institutional organization are key themes in my work. My research demonstrates the ways people use capital, networks, and exchange to create and recreate meaning and order in their lives, particularly as they experience a struggle to maintain identity in transformative, degrading, or dehumanizing environments.
My work generally addresses the fundamental question of how state institutions affect the lives of the people over which they preside, particularly in context of violence, social control, and global inequality. In all cases, I am concerned with generating policy-relevant research that speaks to both academic communities and practitioners in the respective fields.
I use quantitative and qualitative methods, including using existing datasets, creating datasets from multiple sources, conducting statistical analysis using STATA and R, mapping using QGIS, and conducting research using participant observation and in-depth interviews.
I have taught several classes in criminal justice as an adjunct professor, including Crime and Punishment (Introduction to Criminal Justice), Theories of Deviance and Criminality, and Policing and Society.
As an Assistant in Instruction I have taught courses on war, crime and punishment, urban sociology, and introduction to statistics.