I am serving as assistant professor with the Division of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento. This is the same department where I earned a Masters of Social Work in 2002. In the coming semester, I am teaching SWRK 151, Health Services and Systems and SWRK 261, graduate-level Grant Writing and Fund Development.
Prior to returning to graduate studies, I served as executive director to the Sacramento Housing Alliance, where we led a campaign to ensure that affordable housing is an integrated part of new communities. Then, I studied international housing and homeless policy as an Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellow. I earned a BA with honors in Sociology and Political Science at Kent State University.
Areas of Interest
Health Disparities, Policy and Systems Reform; Social Welfare and the Welfare State; Organization Studies
PhD, Sociology. University of California, Davis. August 2016
MA, Social Work. California State University. Sacramento. June 2002
BA, Sociology & Political Science (summa cum laude). Kent State University. December 1997
I study health and health care policy, exploring structural inequality and
processes transforming American systems of social welfare and their governance.
“what they need…is a quality of mind that will help them to use information and to develop reason in order to achieve lucid summations of what is going on in the world and of what may be happening within themselves.”
The mission of the Division of Social Work is to prepare individuals aspiring to become Social Work professionals who can both lead and serve the region in the development and delivery of human services which promote the value of humankind and improve the quality of life.
SHA is a regional coalition working to ensure that all people in the Sacramento region have safe, decent, accessible and affordable housing in healthy neighborhoods, supported by equitable public policies and practices.
Led successful community campaign to require a percentage of housing in new development be affordable.
Developed and coordinated broad policy principles strategic agenda for 65 member organizations.
Increased operating budget by 300% in five years through expanding grants, appeals and fundraising events.
The Scholars Strategy Network seeks to improve public policy and strengthen democracy by organizing scholars working in America's colleges and universities, and connecting scholars and their research to policymakers, citizens associations, and the media.
SSSP is an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems.