I grew up in a semi-rural area in southern Alabama, near the mid-sized city of Mobile. After graduating from Daphne High School, I attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham for six years, earning a master’s degree in sociology. Desiring to learn more about social networks, I moved to University of California at Irvine in 2012 to earn a PhD in Sociology. In 2014, I married my beautiful wife Stephanie, who grew up four miles from my own childhood home.
Outside of research, my wife and I enjoy exploring urban spaces and natural spaces. We have a cat named Penelope.