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Originally from Atlanta, GA, John attended undergraduate studies at Ohio University, where he double majored in History (Southeast Asian and European concentrations) and Sociology (Criminology concentration). While he was an undergraduate, he also attended fire school and worked for four years at The Plains Fire Department.
Following undergrad, John earned an MA (2010) and PhD (2013) from the University of Florida’s Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law. Working under Marv Krohn, Chris Gibson, and Ron Akers, John’s primary research interests in peer networks, substance use, gender, and methods can be traced back to this period of his academic career.
Currently, John’s research is primarily quantitative. Frequently working with his colleagues at UW, much of his research focuses on the roles that friends and peers play in crime and substance abuse from both theoretical and policy-focused angles. He teaches classes on criminology, research methods, theory, and substance abuse.
Outside of work, John is an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys backcountry skiing, hiking, camping, biking, and fishing. His wife (Steph) and dog (Georgia) frequently accompany him in these endeavors.