newphotoI am currently a PhD student in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany (SUNY) and a member of a social science research lab.  My dissertation focuses on the policy problem of transferring “desistance” information to criminal background check decision makers, and explores how decision makers use and balance complex information.

Since 2013, I have worked as a research assistant on a grant funded by the National Institute of Justice: “State-Mandated Criminal Background Employment Screening: A High Stakes Window into the Desistance Process” (PI: Shawn Bushway; co-PI: Megan Kurlychek).  Our team is examining the effects of a criminal background check decision on subsequent labor market and recidivism outcomes.

I have a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Delaware.  Before returning to graduate school, I was a research associate at the Urban Institute for three years, where I was involved in data collection, project management, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis.