I am a first-year Ph.D. student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. My research interests include:

• Hate Groups
• Hate Crimes
• Criminal Target Selection
• Social Control
• Sociology of Technology
• Sociology of Religion

My current projects include an analysis of community demographics including educational attainment and hate group presence as potential correlates for hate crime occurrences.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in both History and Sociology from Concord University in 2015, where I also performed archival research into and interviews with Eastern Orthodox pilgrims and monastics in the contiguous United States, contributing my findings that the Orthodox monastic community historically influences not only adherent’s spiritual life, but their political and social views as well.