I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. I use ethnographic and qualitative methods to investigate how place, social networks, and local organizations influence health, criminalization, marginality, and their intersections. I have pursued this inquiry in cases such as opioid use, harm reduction and substance use treatment, and health care services in the penal system. My research is published in Social Science & Medicine, Theory & Society, International Journal of Drug Policy, Mobilization, and elsewhere.
I am also a harm reductionist, and currently serve as President of the Board of Directors for NEED, a 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 was published in Mobilization in 2020. I will complete my PhD in 2022.
Outside of my academic work, I am active in harm reduction organizing efforts in California. I also enjoy baking, hiking, playing with our dogs Poppy and Duncan, and reality television.