Northern Arizona University
Criminology and Criminal Justice
BA Western Michigan University
PhD Rutgers University
- transnational crime and justice
- social inequality crime and justice: gender, race, and social class
- globalization, borders and migration
- sustainable and just communities
- human rights, law and society
Academic interests and affiliations
My research and teaching focuses on several broad themes:1) globalization and the increasingly transnational character of crime and justice; 2) the relationship between social inequality, difference, and justice, with an emphasis on the experiences of underrepresented and vulnerable populations; 3) the development of effective strategies to create sustainable and just communities.
(Undergraduate) Global Justice; Investigating Difference; Women, Crime and Justice; School Violence; Law in America; Introduction to Crime and Justice; Introduction to Sociology (Graduate) Human Rights and Transnational Crime; Inequality, Crime and Justice; Feminist Justice; Elements of Sustainable Communities; Schools, Youth and Violence; Teaching Practicum; Political Sociology
I have conducted global enthnographic fieldwork on sex tourism in the Netherlands and on cross-border migration in Spain and in the U.S. My current research is a comparative, international project that explores how borders are being reconstructed and "performed" at key border sites around the world. In particular, I am examining how gender, race, and social class affect the experiences of recent border crossers. I am also very interested in many aspects of global and human security, including those related to new technologies, food justice, and environmental dangers.
I am also actively involved in local and regional applied research on justice practices and policies. I have conducted quantitative research as an evaluator for courts in Arizona; I have also engaged in regionally relevant qualitative research, conducting interviews and focus groups with diverse populations such as recent migrants, domestic violence survivors, Native America youth, and court personnel.