I am Associate Professor of Sociology at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba. I received my PhD in 2008 from Arizona State University. For six years (2008-2014) I taught as Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. I was Associate Professor in Law & Society for one year (2014-2015) at Wilfrid Laurier University. I have consulted with various organizations about my research including, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the John Howard Society (JHS), and the Western Hockey League (WHL) of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). I served as a previous editor of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) society newsletter. I currently sit on the Brandon, Manitoba John Howard Society Board of Directors.
I was born in Chicago, Illinois. I live with my English bulldog Deuce. I like all kinds of music (and occasionally play the drums), and also enjoy the game of baseball (especially the Chicago Cubs). The picture to the left (taken by Chicago Cubs photographer Larry Woolis) is of me throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Major League Baseball Spring Training (Opening Day - March 4, 2005, Cubs vs. Giants) at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona. I include a video of the first pitch below with Jerry Hairston, Jr. behind the plate.