2013 PhD Northeastern University, Law, Policy and Society
2003 JD Georgetown University Law Center, Law
1999 BA Hampshire College, Education and Sociology
My teaching focuses on criminal law, criminal procedure, and the criminal court process. I am particularly interested in how new technology challenges many of the traditional approaches to criminal law. I bring to my classes a background in law and experience as a trial attorney at the New Hampshire Public Defender's office. In my courses I encourage students to critically examine their belief systems regarding both criminal defendants and law enforcement. I enjoy using an active learning format in class, including discussion, debate, and other interactive activities. The study of law and the criminal justice system encompasses issues that affect all of us, so I strive to connect course material to students' everyday lives and experiences.
My research examines how people experience criminal courts and whether they perceive the legal process as fair and effective. For example, in one project I interviewed mothers and juvenile defendants in juvenile delinquency court to better understand how distrust of the criminal justice system is communicated within families. In another project I surveyed jurors both at the beginning and at the end of their jury service to learn whether their views of the police and courts change because of their jury experience. I look forward to working with Saint Anselm students on these projects and on future research.