I am a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Washington who researches the criminal justice paradigm and its practices (policing, prosecution, and punishment) in the context of racial, ethnic, and indigenous equity. My research agenda is motivated by normative questions regarding the role of forgiveness, empathy, and civic participation in justice institutions and how the institutionalization of new justice paradigms may address wide-spread social inequalities. I use qualitative and quantitative methods to support comparative, historical, and theoretical analyses intended to speak across disciplines.
My dissertation seeks to impact the national conversation about criminal justice reform. Considering the spate of racial disparities in the US criminal justice system, I consider the extent to which a punishment and deterrence-based approach to crime, i.e. “criminal justice”, is compatible with a commitment to ethnic, racial, and indigenous equity. I support a theoretically oriented argument with cross-national comparison and textual analysis which seeks to expose the racializing logic of the criminal justice paradigm.
My interdisciplinary teaching experience has greatly contributed to this research agenda. I was honored to be nominated for the university wide Excellence in Teaching Award in 2018. My “Crime, Politics, and Justice”, “Ethics in Law and Justice”, and “Drugs in Society” classes have ranked in the top 10% of all University of Washington classes in terms of student satisfaction.
I co-authored "The Hidden Subsidies of Rural Prisons: Race, Space and the Politics of Cumulative Disadvantage", which appears in the journal Punishment and Society (2017). This paper links the rise of a punitive punishment regime that disproportionately targets poor, urban minorities and the increasing use of rural spaces to warehouse prisoners.
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