Assistant Professor of Sociology; Department Chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Department: Department of Sociology and Criminology
Office Location: Heelan Hall 378
- Ph.D., Sociology, South Dakota State University
- M.S., Sociology, South Dakota State University
- M.A., Education, University of Wisconsin.
- B.S., Psychology & Sociology, University of Wisconsin.
My family comes from the Meskwaki people of Iowa on one side, and a direct line of Irish descendants on the other. I was raised in the woods and lakes country of Wisconsin. My wife and two children are all SDSU graduates. I received Master’s and Ph.D. Degrees in Sociology from SDSU after first completing my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology, and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin.
Over the years I have held a wide range of positions within the criminal justice system. Those positions include working as a Juvenile Delinquency Specialist for reservation communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. I have also held positions in patrol, investigations, and administration in university and municipal settings. Most recently, I served as Chief of Police in a small community in Minnesota. I hold a current license as a Peace Officer in the state of Minnesota.
I have taught Introduction to Criminal Justice, Introduction to Sociology, and Social Problems, Race and Ethnic Relations, Policing in a Free Society, Probation and Parole, Criminal Law, Criminal Courts, and Criminology. I have also taught several courses in American Indian Studies. In addition, I have served as Internship Coordinator for the Department of Sociology and Rural Studies including criminal justice minors at SDSU.
I am interested in the area of social justice and inequality. I have conducted research on American Indian college success at mainstream universities, as well as the Black experience in predominantly white mainstream universities. I have also collected oral histories of African American elders in South Dakota.
On a more personal level, my interests include camping, and anything having to do with mountains, beaches, and Harley Davidsons. Feel free drop me e-mail for any reason. Enjoy your semester!