I’m an Assistant Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at UMSL. Trained as a sociologist, I use qualitative methods to study incarceration and inequality based on race, class, gender, sexuality, and religion. My book, in progress, is based on a 12-month ethnography of religious life inside a state women’s prison. My newest project looks at women's reentry from prison based on 50 in-depth interviews with formerly incarcerated women in St. Louis, MO.

My research has received recognition and awards 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.