Current Research Projects

Gender, race, and post-incarceration geographies

This project analyzes the socio-spatial implications of gendered social reproduction and the criminalization of poverty through an examination of women’s care networks and survival strategies following incarceration. I examine how women’s post-incarceration geographies are shaped by punitive social policies that dramatically limit access to services, by uneven geographies and urban disinvestment, and by discourses of poverty, gender, and race.

Transforming Justice: Rethinking the Politics of Security, Mass Incarceration, and Community Health 

This collaborative project - undertaken with Jenna Loyd, Robert Smith, Lorraine Halika Malcoe, and Jenny Plevin - examines geographies of incarceration in Milwaukee, Wisconsin through community-engaged research. The project reframes dominant scholarly and policy understandings of the interconnections among security, justice, and community health through research that 1) centers the experiences of those most impacted by prison expansion through the development of new media landscapes and public archives to demonstrate the uneven, lived geographies of mass incarceration; 2) reconceptualizes trauma and community health as structurally and historically produced to expand public health and geographic analyses of incarceration; and 3) interrogates security and safety through the everyday experiences of communities regularly subjected to practices of policing and securitization. This project is funded by a Transdisciplinary Challenge Award from Center for 21st Century Studies.

See project website here.

Prison-led development and the reproduction of racialized poverty

This ongoing project interrogates the increasingly important role of the prison industry in rural communities in relation to dynamics of race/ethnicity, class, and poverty and the political economic processes of restructuring and uneven development.

Non-profit housing, neoliberal community development, and the politics of race

This research (with Judith Kenny) investigates affordable housing provision in the context of the normalization of non-profit welfare, neoliberal community development, and urban housing crisis. Focusing specifically on the nation’s largest non-profit housing provider, Habitat for Humanity, this project examines the organization’s participation in HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Project (NSP2) and its colorblind articulations of solutions to “poverty housing.”

Research Networks

I am a participant in research networks focusing on Relational Poverty and Carceral Geography.