I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and faculty affiliate of the Criminal Justice Program at Rutgers University. I received my PhD in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019. Generally, my research examines how local contexts shape human behavior and institutional action in the areas of criminology and international migration.

My current research focuses on the neighborhood and city-level correlates of crime, crime reporting behavior, and officer-involved shootings. I pay special attention to how socio-demographic characteristics, social policy, as well as the presence of civil society and religious organizations structure community dynamics and individual actors. Recently, I examined the impact of immigrant “sanctuary” policies on city-level violence in addition to their effects on the likelihood that individuals report crime victimization to law enforcement officials.

My research has appeared in various academic journals including American Sociological Review, Justice Quarterly, Human Rights Quarterly, and International Migration Review.