I am an Assistant Professor of Criminology at the University of West Georgia. I received both my M.A. (2015) and B.A. (2013) in Criminology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. I completed my Ph.D. (2019) at North Carolina State University in Sociology with a specialization in Crime, Deviance, and Social Control.
My several lines of research examine the intersections of globalization, inequality, and crime. I have published two books on human trafficking in addition to several book chapters and articles. My primary area of research deals with human trafficking, criminological theory, and inequality in a global context. My secondary area of research examines media coverage of crime as it relates to stereotypes, power, and policy. I am also an affiliate member of the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force.