I was born and raised in northern California, in Sacramento. As a first generation college student trying to figure it out on my own I have had the pleasure of attending and leaving just about every community college within a 50-mile radius Sacramento. After failing a class at CSU San Diego called “Biology: World of Animals,” the university kindly invited me to not attend their school anymore, and I decided that college might not be for me.
Luckily I took a sociology class not too long after and was hooked. I liked how the class was concerned about real world events and issues that mattered. I decided that, since I had been in school for a few years and didn’t have much to show for it, I would just double down and try to get a PhD (lofty ambitions). Surprisingly this actually worked.
After I found my way, I had great experiences at Cal State Sacramento where some wonderful mentors helped guide me through the undergraduate process and actually encouraged me to go to graduate school. I didn’t get in right away, but I kept trying and eventually was accepted to University of California Davis.
My dissertation is in part based on my own right-wing evangelical Christian upbringing. I studied right-wing social movements, education and race in the state of Texas, focusing on the relationships between the party and social movements in the state. I also was able to build interests in areas of economic sociology, globalization and political sociology.
I’m running this site to become rich and famous. It is already working…
- Ph.D. Sociology, University of California Davis, 2015
- M.S. Sociology, University of California Davis, 2010
- B.S. Sociology, California State University Sacramento, 2006
Research and Teaching Interests:
- Political Sociology
- Social Movements
- Economic Sociology