IMG_1508I am an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Pepperdine University. Before joining the faculty at Pepperdine, I received my Ph.D. in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. My dissertation, “Not All Civic Action is Equal: How Place-Based and Identity-Based Civic Organizations Differentially Impact Neighborhoods and Cities,” focused on how communities collectively organize and how their organizations shape, and are shaped by, structural inequality. In this research, I analyze how two forms of civic associations (place-based neighborhood development organizations and institution-based community organizing coalitions) impact poverty and poverty concentration in their neighborhoods and cities. This research utilizes multiple methods and sits at the intersection of urban sociology, civil society, social movements, organizations, and inequality research. For more information, please navigate using the links above.