Poverty, Inequality & Mobility

Housing Policy & Neighborhood Change

Race & Ethnic Relations

Community Development

Quantitative Research Methods


I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University (GSU). During the Fall of 2019, I was in residence in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto as a Fulbright Scholar. Prior to my start at GSU, I was in the Department of Sociology at Colorado College. I have also worked at Rutgers University - Camden and Thomas Jefferson University (formerly Philadelphia University). 


My research lies at the nexus of housing policy, urban poverty, race and ethnic relations, and community development. As an urbanist, I tend to focus on the forces surrounding neighborhood change including location affordability, neighborhood satisfaction and community resistance. I am keenly interested in how and why neighborhoods change and how communities and public policymakers create or react to those changes. 


As a professor, I look holistically at how students learn and grow. As a first-generation college student, I bring a unique, eclectic approach to teaching and pedagogy. Having numerous experiences within higher education administration, specifically within student and academic affairs, I employ a variety of techniques in the classroom that allow me to connect with students across all demographics.


With an emphasis on community development, my research, teaching, and service are centered on issues of equity and inclusivity. My overall goal is to change how people see themselves, to question their own positionality, and to work collaboratively with others to create

a more inclusive, democratic society.


2011 - 2016

Rutgers University - Camden

Department of Public Policy & Administration

Ph.D. Public Affairs

M.S. Community Development

2009 - 2011

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

College of Business & Public Affairs


Department of Geography & Planning

Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning

Graduate Certificate in GIS

2005 - 2009

Penn State University

Department of Energy & Mineral Engineering

B.S. Energy Business and Finance