I am an Associate Professor of Sociology at Villanova University. Welcome to my very infrequently updated page*–but the links to my research are regularly updated.

My research focuses on the physical and social boundaries between races in the United State. Specifically, one thread focuses on the role of roads and other physical barriers in shaping and reifying racial residential segregation in Philadelphia. Other research studies the experience of crossing a social boundary, primarily via elite education, either in high school or college, and multiracial identity and racial fluidity. More recently, I’ve started work on racial inequality, mass incarceration, and institutional racism in work on prison locations and elections, police violence, and individual responses to being marked by the criminal justice system.

And when I’m not doing all of that, I’m tasting the foods of Philadelphia, watching my teams (Boston for pro sports, Georgetown for college basketball and Barcelona for football. Hoya Saxa! Visca Barça!), and trying to get into shape through road biking.

Thanks for visiting!


Python script to incorporate friction into segregation maps is available here

*Editor’s Note: It took 6 months after promotion and two friendly reminders to update my title!


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