I am a cultural and urban geographer who conducts research on transgressive subcultures, criminality, policing, neighborhood change, gentrification, and race, 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 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.
Please feel free to contact me if you are looking to do graduate work in the areas of cultural or urban geography, particularly if you are interested in issues related to neighborhood change, policing, crime, subcultures, and/or place-based identity with the use of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods. A degree in geography is not a prerequisite to work with me.