Research

My research interests explore how gender and race affects experiences of incarceration, media, political, and public responses to deviance, and interactions with police. I use both quantitative and qualitative methods, and collaborate with various faculty and fellow graduate students to investigate these areas of interest.

Incarceration: (1) I am interested in racial and gender differences in how prisoner integration and involvement affects adjustment within facilities and upon release. As part of the Women’s Prison Inmate Network Study (WO-PINS) with Dr. Dana Haynie and numerous professors and graduate students at various universities, I am analyzing the effects of prisoner integration and social support on mental and physical inmate health. In this area, I also have a forthcoming paper in The Prison Journal examining the causes of negative psychological adjustment associated with perceptions of fairness within the court system. (2) Additionally, I explore the collateral consequences of incarceration. I have a paper with Amelia (Qi) Li and Dr. Cindy Colen that analyzes incarceration rates’ effect on infant health, and whether incarceration rates mediate racial disparities in infant health. For my dissertation, I will continue in this area, examining the relationship between race, human capital, and post-incarceration employment.

Substance Use and Mass Violence: (1) My advisor and I have a manuscript in preparation examining how race of a drug user and media portrayal of drugs affects public public responses to drug use. (2) I have a paper in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency with two fellow graduate students exploring how race shapes media framing of mass shooting perpetrators. (3) Another graduate student and I are exploring how both the race of mass shooting perpetrators and the mental health frame used in the media affects public punitive attitudes.

Policing: (1) Police violence disproportionately affects Black people; yet, most sociological policing research excludes experiences of Black women. Fellow graduate student Laura Frizzell and I are currently exploring how police violence against Black people impacts Black women. (2) Professor Bradley Holland, two fellow graduate students, and I are investigating how gender affects how individuals frame issues of police violence in discussions within Black communal spaces, and how the gender of Black police brutality victims affects responses to excessive use of force.