I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Stanford UniversityI write about the US education and criminal justice systems, including their roles in punishment, social engagement, mental health, well-being and inequality. To study these topics, I rely on a broad range of approaches and methods. My published research uses administrative, nationally-representative, survey, and intervention data. That research relies on correlational, quasi-experimental, and experimental methods—including random and fixed effects models, growth curve modeling, difference-in-differences, event study, “triple-diff”, and large-scale randomized controlled trial designs.


I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. While there I was an IES Predoctoral Fellow and a Graduate Research Fellow at the Institute for Research on Poverty. Since it began and for three years, I was the research assistant for the Madison Education Partnership (MEP).


Prior to entering UW-Madison, I was an assistant director at the Center for Educational Partnerships at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), a school counselor, a youth counselor for adjudicated adolescents, and a substitute teacher in urban, suburban, and rural school districts. 


I have also worked as a research consultant for survey research at MEP and for randomized controlled trials at the College Transition Collaborative, at Measured Decisions, Inc., and more


While a graduate student at UW-Madison, I served as the first Chair of the Sociology Graduate Student Association.

My buddy, Akira (pictured left), got me through graduate school. To this day, he is with me early every morning while I write and is the first to remind me to take a break now and then. (You can really see that he is okay taking a picture with me).