As an interdisciplinary scholar, my research examines the intersections of race, gender, and the criminal justice system. I am particularly interested in examining women’s pathways to incarceration, their experiences in and after prison, and giving these women a platform to tell their stories. My research also focuses on the societal ramifications of mass incarceration, especially its impact on families. Influenced by my experiences as a sister and aunt of two men serving life sentences, my research goes beyond a critique of the institution of prison to include the experiences of the people marginalized by mass incarceration.
I have presented my research at academic conferences nationally and internationally, given lectures at universities in the United States and the United Kingdom, and led workshops in women’s and men’s prisons. My work on incarcerated fathers and their children, Black women’s prison writing, teaching in women’s prisons, and Black women and police violence has been published in academic journals and edited collections.
In addition to my teaching duties, I am a Subject Matter Expert on a Mellon Foundation funded partnership with the State University of New York, City University of New York and Rockefeller Institute for Government. The goal of the project is to explore ways to increase higher education opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in New York State. My responsibilities include facilitating stakeholder engagement and assisting the research team in the development of recommended strategies and policies to promote higher education to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and men across the state.