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I'm an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield and an affiliated researcher at SUNY-Buffalo's Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, where I spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow. I was previously a Law and Social Sciences Doctoral Fellow at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, Illinois. I received my PhD in History from Duke University in 2017.

I'm an interdisciplinary scholar whose research and teaching focus on law, social movements, and the criminal justice system in the United States. Currently, I'm at work on my first book, Silencing the Cell Block: The Making of Modern Prison Policy in North Carolina and the Nation, which examines how civil liberties lawyers and public officials reshaped prison policy in response to prisoners' activism during the 1960s and 1970s. My manuscript was selected for participation in the American Society for Legal History‚Äôs Wallace Johnson First Book Program. In 2018, my dissertation won the Law & Society Association's Dissertation Prize, which is awarded to the dissertation in any humanities or social science field that best represents outstanding work in law and society research.