Associate Professor, Transitional Scheduling Assistant – Sociology

Office: 541-737-2310

Bexell Hall

Bexell Hall 400E

2251 SW Campus Way

2251 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
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Brief Vita


  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011.
  • M.S. Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006.
  • B.A. Sociology, Linfield College, McMinnville, OR, 2002.


Profile Field Tabs


I explore how governments exercise coercive power over citizens, and how those citizens understand that relationship. This has led me to study imprisonment, policing, and firearms, all with a focus on the US. I apply quantitative research methods to a variety of data sources, including administrative data, public opinion surveys, and mass and social media. This work helps to better understand power differentials between citizens and the state.

Affiliated with: 
School of Public Policy
OSU Main Campus
Courses Taught: 
  • SOC 241: Introduction to Crime & Justice
  • SOC 441/541: Criminology and Penology
  • SOC 448/548: Law & Society
  • SOC 449/549: Law, Crime, and Policy
  • PPOL 522 Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis
  • SOC 499: Sociology of Guns
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Policy Areas: Sociology of law, law and society, political sociology, criminal justice and criminology. 

PhD: University of Wisconsin, Madison

PhD Faculty
MPP Core Faculty
MPP Faculty
SPP Concentration: 
International Policy
Law, Crime and Policy
Rural Policy
Social Policy
SPP Program: