Hello. I joined the Department of Sociology at Chico State in 2007. I was born and raised in Long Beach, California . I earned my A.A. in Liberal Studies at Long Beach City College and my B.A. in Sociology at California State University , Long Beach. I then moved to Columbus , Ohio , and earned my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology at Ohio State University. Prior to moving to Ohio I worked in the offset printing industry for five years, did bouncer & security work, and was employed by the City Attorney's Office for the City of Huntington Beach.
I was a visiting professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva , New York , before coming to Chico State . I have also taught at Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College . I completed the Preparing Future Faculty Program through Ohio State University and Kenyon College , and I was also trained to teach Inside-Out courses through Temple University .
Some of the courses I taught before coming to Chico State include Social Problems, Men and Masculinities, the Sociology of Deviance, Introductory Sociology, Juvenile Delinquency, Criminology, the Sociology of Gangs, Penology, and the Sociology of Sport.
Some of the courses I have taught at Chico State include Criminology, Applied Sociology Internship, Youth, Crime, and Delinquency, Sociology of Gangs, Introduction to Sociology, Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences, and Quantitative Research Methods.
I have many areas of interest within sociology including but not limited to the following: corrections, criminology, deviance, gender, research methods, social stratification, sociology of sport, and violence.
My main research agenda is focused on analyzing prisoner data. I am part of a research team that collected interview, official record, and geo-coded data from incarcerated offenders. My current projects stemming from this research involve examining strategies for improving the reliability and validity of self reported interview data. I recently published articles from this work in the Jouranl of Criminal Justice and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.