I use qualitative methods to study incarceration and inequality based on race, class, gender, sexuality, and religion. My book project is a 12-month ethnography of religious life inside a state women’s prison. My current project looks at urban inequality in the process of women's reentry from prison.

My research has received recognition from the American Sociological Association, the American Society of Criminology, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. My work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Association for the Sociology of Religion, the Louisville Institute, the National Science Foundation, the Religious Research Association, the University of Missouri Research Board, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

I earned my B.A. in Sociology and French from Georgetown University and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.