I am a cultural geographer who conducts research on neighborhood change, gentrification, criminality/criminalization, policing, and identity with expertise in LA-based gangs, the history and theorization of graffiti as a socio-spatial practice, and the use of ethnographic and autoethnographic research methods. I currently teach Crime and the City, Cultural Geography, and Geographical Research Methods at the undergraduate level and History of Geographic Thought, Urban Geography, and Cultural Geography at the graduate level. I am currently doing research on highly granular and nuanced contributions to displacement based on the effects of affective and aversive racism in the context of gentrification.
I am faculty in the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory and affiliated with the Institute for LGBT Studies and the Center for Latin American Studies. I am also a member of the Arizona Advisory Council for the National Geographic Society and I serve on the college's Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Please feel free to contact me if you are looking to do graduate work in the areas of cultural geography or critical criminology, particularly if you are interested in issues related to neighborhood change, policing, crime, subcultures, and/or place-based identity and race with the use of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods. A degree in geography is not a prerequisite to work with me.
My book, Going All City: Struggle and Survival in LA's Graffiti Subculture is published by University of Chicago Press (2019). For more information, visit the book's IG @goingallcity or website.