I am beginning my sixth year as Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice Studies at Westminster College.
I have a B.A. in Psychology from Baldwin Wallace University (formerly Baldwin-Wallace College), a M.A. in Education from The Ohio State University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University.
Most of my research interests revolve around gender. My dissertation research explored the work experiences of women police officers. Currently I am researching the educational experiences and daily lives of incarcerated women. I am also interested in the ways gender intersects with sporting experiences.
I integrate experiential learning into my courses. Students in my Criminal Justice Studies courses go on ride-alongs with police officers, tutor at-risk youth, and take courses along side incarcerated individuals. I typically teach Juvenile Delinquency, Criminology, Sociology of Sport, Sociology of Gender, Research Methods, and Capstone II. I recently had the opportuntity to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It has sparked my interests in Comparative Criminal Justice.
Out of the classroom you might find me running, traveling, listening to '80's music, talking about Star Wars, or officiating track meets.