Professional Experience

  • Project Director, A Multi-method, Multi-site Study of Gang Desistance. Funded by the National Institute of Justice. Principal Investigator: Finn-Aage Esbensen, 2012-2014
  • Assistant Research Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2011-2014


  • James L. Maddex, Jr., Criminal Justice Review, Paper of the Year Award: “Youth gang desistance: An examination of the effect of different operational definitions of desistance on the motivations, methods, and consequences associated with leaving the gang.” (2014)
  • Co-Third Prize, American Society of Criminology Gene Carte Student Paper Competition: “Examining the Effect of Peers on Changes in Delinquent Attitudes: A Longitudinal Study.” (2011)