I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Perimeter College at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. My areas of interest in research and teaching include poverty and inequality, race relations, race and media, and popular culture imagery. I attended Boston University for my undergraduate program where I majored in Journalism and minored in Sociology. I completed my doctoral program at The Pennsylvania State University where I earned a dual-title Ph. D. with a degree in Sociology and a degree in Demography. I have considerable experience working in low income communities due to my time as a member of the research team for the Welfare, Children, and Families: Three City Study which examined how families adjusted to the implementation of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, also known as the Welfare Reform Bill. Recently, I have presented papers on popular culture issues on several occasions including a paper on popular culture images of women voters and a paper that examined what Hollywood would look like if it reflected the real world. Currently, I am co-authoring a social problems textbook for Kendall Hunt Publishing.