I’m currently an Associate Research Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Penn State University and the Deputy Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing. Prior to joining the Commission, I was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Minnesota Law School. There I was involved with policy research related to sentencing guidelines and criminal history enhancements. I also taught Criminal Procedure at the Law School, and prior to the Minnesota Law fellowship, I was a professor in North Carolina where I taught classes on criminal and constitutional law and the court system.
I received a JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2004 and served as a staff attorney to an appellate court judge prior to taking my first teaching position. I later returned to school and received a PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2012.
My scholarship has been published in a number of academic journals including Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and (forthcoming) Crime and Justice: A Review of Research. In addition, I am co-author of Criminal History Enhancements Sourcebook and several chapters in two different forthcoming Oxford University Press books.
More information on my teaching and research is available on this site. For those interested in the work of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, there is also a tab for an overview of the research projects currently underway there, as well as a link to the Commission’s website.