I am currently an Associate Professor of Sociology. I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA (2012), a M.A. in Sociology from UCLA (2008), a M.S. in Justice, Law & Society from American University (2006), and a B.A. in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2004).
As an urban ethnographer, I use fieldwork, archival, and other qualitative methods to investigate the causes, contours, and consequences of urban poverty. In the spirit of the Chicago School of Sociology, I pay close attention to the ways that individuals and communities make sense of their social worlds. This agenda has led to number of original research projects, community organizing efforts, and intervention programs. I make efforts to embrace the ideals of public sociology, which enlists community members as valuable co-producers of knowledge.