Ph.D., 2001, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sociology.
M.A., 1997, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sociology.
B.A., 1995, Black Hills State University, Sociology and Psychology.
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University of Wyoming, Department of Criminal Justice, Associate Professor.
My research experience has included several research projects. I have been involved in several evaluations of National Evaluation of the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (G.R.E.A.T.). I have also examined the educational experiences, lethal violence, re-entry, and gangs among American Indian populations. As indicated by my research activities, my primary interest is to examine the intersection between race and crime. This research experience has led to several publications and presentations regarding minority portrayal in media, methodological issues regarding evaluation research, offending for gang and non-gang members, the role of race in gang membership and violence, and American Indian issues.
In addition to my teaching and research, I have also served as the Managing Editor for Justice Quarterly, the publication of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Currently, I am serving as advisor to Alpha Phi Sigma. I have also served as Executive Board member, Vice President, and President of the Western Society of Criminology and was awarded the Joseph D. Lohman Award in 2010. Other duties include an apointment to the Governor's Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice. Beyond academia, I have worked as a counselor in a group home for delinquent boys and have served as a probation officer as part of an internship with Lawrence County, South Dakota.