BiographyI earned my PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1998, and have been teaching in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Valparaiso University since 2002. My teaching and research interests are in juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice, criminological theory, crime and inequality, and social stratification. My research has appeared in Criminology, Social Forces, Law and Society Review, and the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.
With my mentor and friend, James Burfeind, I co-authored the textbook Juvenile Delinquency: An Integrated Approach. More recently, with James Burfeind and Dusten Hollist, I co-authored the textbook Juvenile Justice: An Introduction to Process, Practice, and Research. My professional career has been centered around my love of teaching, and it has been a privilege to be able to write textbooks for use in the classes that I most enjoy teaching.
I have developed an Inside Out Prison Exchange course titled Rethinking Crime, Justice, and Behavior from the Inside Out. This course provides an opportunity for students from Valparaiso University to join students incarcerated in a nearby prison for a discussion of crime and criminal justice. I have also developed a short-term study abroad course titled Criminal Justice in Norway. The course provides an opportunity for students to travel to Norway to examine the model of criminal justice used there and to compare that model to criminal justice in the United States.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Crime and Inequality
When I am not working, I am outdoors - hiking, biking, kayaking, or tending to my gardens.