I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. I use qualitative methods to investigate how powerful institutions shape and stratify individual perceptions, practices, and life chances across time and place. I have pursued this inquiry in domains such as drug use, health and medicine, punishment, social movements, and public policy.
I am also a harm reductionist, and currently serve as President of the Board of Directors for Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution (NEED), an all-volunteer harm reduction services organization in Berkeley, California. For more information, please visit www.berkeleyneed.org
I was born and raised in Stillwater, Oklahoma. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Tutorial Studies from the University of Chicago in 2012. A revised version of my undergraduate thesis on psychopathy and medicalization was published in Theory and Society in 2019.
I moved to California in 2013 and received a Master of Arts in Sociology from UC Berkeley in 2015. A revised version of my Master’s thesis on syringe services in California is forthcoming in Mobilization. I intend to complete my PhD in Spring 2020.
Outside of my academic work, I am active in several harm reduction organizing efforts in California. I also enjoy baking, hiking, playing with cats, and reality television.