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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. I use ethnographic and qualitative methods to study violence, gender, race, and organizational inequality. My current book project is based on one year of ethnographic field work at four police training academies. In my book, I examine how the hiring and training at police academies emphasizes the use of violence, focusing on the ways that gender and race inform these processes.

My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the American Association for University Women, among others. I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from The University of Texas at Austin and my bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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