I am an Assistant Professor in the department of
Political Science and Public Administration. I primarily teach our research
methods and policy related courses to undergraduates and MPA graduate
I am a jigsaw puzzle fanatic!! I don’t have as
much time for this hobby as I used to, but at my peak it would take me a
weekend to assemble a 1000 piece puzzle.
Currently, I am very involved in a local
organization called the Atlantic Coast Young Marines, a youth education
and leadership program for boys and girls ages 8 -18. The Young Marines is the
official youth program of the U.S. Marine Corps. They actively participate in
community service and veterans events throughout the Jacksonville area.
My former college professor, Mary F.
Katzenstein, has had the greatest impact on my life because taking her class on
prisons as an undergraduate at Cornell University completely changed the
trajectory of my life (I am doubtful she is even aware of how much of an impact
her class had on my life). It inspired me to go to graduate school instead of
law school, obtain my PhD, and publish in the area of the collateral
consequences of a felony conviction, criminal justice administration, etc.
Overall, that course helped me to find my passion and I am forever grateful.
My favorite thing about working at UNF has to be
the people that I get to work with on a daily basis; they making working at UNF
a pleasure. I am blessed to work in a department where everyone truly cares
about one another and takes a genuine interest in each other's well being.
I am most passionate about social justice issues
and areas where equality and fairness are in question at the institutional
I joined AAFSA to establish a connection with
other members of the UNF community with whom I share a similar
racial/cultural/ethnic identity. So often, we may pass each other on campus and
say hello but rarely have the opportunity to truly connect with one another. AAFSA’s meetings, social gatherings, and community involvement provides
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