I am a criminologist by training, and currently Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, Newark. I received my Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland in 2004.

I currently serve on the editorial boards of five leading criminological journals: Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Criminology and Public Policy. I am also a former Associate Editor of Journal of Quantitative Criminology (2014-2018).