I grew up in an inner city neighborhood in Houston. There was love in the community I grew up in, but inequality, poverty, and apprehension was a daily concern. Sociology has been and continues to be the bridge that allows me to connect and understand my past to current and future events so that I may be a voice for those who have been silenced. I teach sociology with the concept in mind of helping others understand the conflict that they sometimes experience within their communities – Conflict Theory.
Most of my research focuses on community partnerships to include environmental justice, gentrification, crime, gangs, police brutality, and illiteracy and has appeared in Journal of Criminal Justice & Law Review, Journal of Health & Religion, Journal of African American Studies, and Metropolitan Universities. My goal is to be a catalyst to create change that is experienced in many poor and minority communities by empowering them with information, which in turn, will give them true leverage to change their individual and collective lives.
My teaching responsibilities are in two separate colleges on the university campus. I teach sociology in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and criminology in the School of Criminal Justice. Other teaching responsibilities include teaching courses in sociology to inmates working on their associate’s degrees in the TDCJ prison system.