Credentials: Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2004; M.A., University of Chicago, 2002; M.P.P., University of Chicago, 1995; B.A., University of Illinois-UrbanaChampaign.
Position title: Faculty Affiliate
Phone: (608) 262-0304
I use multi-method, multi-level approaches in empirical investigations ranging from imprisonment, prisoner reentry, murder, healthcare access, and health disparities across the rural-urban interface. My research interest challenges existing models and develops new theories of community, health, race, punishment, and rural/urban processes in several ways. First, by tracing the emergence of the rural ghetto I establish a new conceptual model of rural neighborhoods. Next, by demonstrating the function of the ghetto in rural communities I extend concentrated disadvantage from urban to rural community process. These relationships are explored in my book, Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation, in print at the University of Chicago Press. In my most recent project I collaborate with the National Immigrant Justice Center to investigate health outcomes in immigrant detention centers.