I am an associate professor of sociology at the University of Washington. My primary research interest is in developmental and life-course sociology/criminology, and my work focuses on elucidating the social, psychological, and biological mechanisms through which social inequalities influence social behaviors (e.g., criminal, health-risk), with a particular emphasis on understanding racial disparities. Recent research has examined a number of social risk and protective factors for criminal and health-risk behaviors, including racial discrimination, racial socialization, supportive parenting, community crime, and peers. A related line of research focuses on stability and change in social schemas associated with health-risk and reckless behaviors in adolescence and emerging adulthood. In a recent piece in Social Problems (August 2017), I examine the individual mechanisms through which racial socialization provides resilience to the criminogenic effects of racial discrimination, and in a recent article in Criminology (November 2017), I develop a life-course model of racial discrimination and crime and investigate the social pathways through which racial discrimination in childhood and adolescence increases the risk of adult offending and life chances.
My research has been published in various outlets, including the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Criminology, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Forces, Social Problems, and Justice Quarterly. My research on racial inequality and resilience was recently supported by a Du Bois Fellowship for Race, Gender, Crime, and Justice from the National Institute of Justice. In 2014 I was awarded the Ruth Shonle Cavan “Young Scholar” Award from the American Society of Criminology given each year to the most outstanding scholar who was granted a Ph.D. within the previous 5 years.