About Me

I am a doctoral student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. My research interests include:

• Hate Groups
• Hate Crimes
• Social Control Theory
• History and Sociology of Technology
• History of Criminology and Crime Science

My current projects include testing for likelihood of hate crime offending and victimization among first-year college students and an historical analysis of state-sanctioned racism through a criminological lens.

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.

I earned my Master of Science in Sociology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2019. My Masters Thesis, “Hate Managers and Where They Target: An Analysis of Hate Crime as Hate Group Self-Help” asks the question of how hate groups methodically encourage where hate crimes occur. A copy of the thesis can be found here.