I will graduate in June 2014 from the PhD program in sociology at Stanford University. I received my JD from Stanford Law School in 2011, and this summer I will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford's Center for the Study of the American West, where I will be part of the Rural West Initiative, and plan to focus particularly on the delivery of legal services to people who live in the rural west.
My dissertation is an in-depth ethnographic and interview study of cockfighting in rural Hawaii. One of the papers that comprise my dissertation, "Everyone Knows the Game: Legal Consciousness and the Hawaiian Cockfight," will be published in Law & Society Review this fall. My projects tend to focus on people's subjective understandings of the law: how those understandings are created, what makes them change over time, and how they lead people to act. Additionally, I've written about topics ranging from prison privatization in California to the role of sexual orientation in jury selection.
My teaching interests include evidence, criminal procedure, criminal law, qualitative research methods, sociology of law, sexual orientation law, and eminent domain. When I'm not thinking about law or sociology, I enjoy reading and writing fiction, growing succulents, and hiking with my partner.