I joined the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Guelph in 2014. In 2013, I completed a PhD in the Department of Sociology at McMaster University. My dissertation focussed on the cultural and organizational processes that lead to inflated perceptions of school violence, and seemingly disproportionate policy responses. I received a Master’s degree from McMaster in 2006. My undergraduate education was also at McMaster, where I completed a combined honours degree in English and Sociology.
My research interests are broadly focused in the areas of School Crime and Violence, Sociology of Education, Criminology, Bullying & Cyberbullying, and Qualitative Research Methods. I am passionate about teaching, and strongly believe that there must be a connection between the classroom and the ‘real world’. This principle is enacted in both my teaching and research interests, as I try to intertwine the two whenever possible.