- Ph.D. Sociology, State University of New York at Albany, 1999
Research and Teaching Interests
Sociology of deviance, social control, and morality.
- Associate Department Head (2009 - present)
- Director of Graduate Studies (2003-2009)
Professional Awards and Achievements
- Winner of the 2013 Malvin E. and Lea P. Bank Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State University.
- Winner of the 2005 Outstanding Tenure Line Teaching Award for the College of Liberal Arts at Penn State University.
- Winner of the American Society of Criminology’s 2002 Ruth Shonle Cavan Award for outstanding early career contributions to the discipline of criminology.
- Winner of the 2002 Saleem Shah award for early career excellence, sponsored by the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychological Association) and the American Society of Forensic Psychology.
- Co-winner of the American Psychiatric Association’s 2002 Manfred Guttmacher Award for the Oxford University Press book, Rethinking Risk Assessment: The MacArthur Study of Mental Disorder and Violence (Monahan, Steadman, Silver et al., 2001).
- SOCIAL PROBLEMS (2008-present)
- CRIMINOLOGY (2003-2011)
- Urban and Community Sociology Specialization:
Communities and crime, spatial contexts of deviance and social control, causes and consequences of neighborhood order and disorder, mental illness in community context