An integral component of my work is to inform public debate by introducing policymakers, practitioners, and the wider public to relevant sociological research. Below is a selected list of these endeavors.

Public Presentations and Invited Speaking Engagements
  • Council of Graduate Students, University of Minnesota, “Making Positive Change at the U: Graduate Student Advocacy and Engagement.” Panelist, Minneapolis, MN. October 30, 2014.
  • Second Chance Day on the Hill, “Restoring Voting Rights.” Speaker, St. Paul, MN. March 12, 2014.
  • Recovery Day on the Hill, “Restoring Voting Rights.” Speaker, St. Paul, MN. March 11, 2014.
  • Restore the Vote Minnesota, “Restoring Voting Rights.” Presenter, St. Paul, MN, March 4, 2014.
  • Minnesota Tenth Judicial District Office of the Public Defender CLE Training, “Critiquing Presentence Investigation Reports.” Co-presenter with Joshua Page, Anoka, MN. January 9, 2014.
  • Ramsey County Juvenile and Family Court, “Collateral Consequences of a Juvenile Record.” St. Paul, MN. November 6, 2013.
  • Minnesota Office of the Public Defender Dispositional Advisor Training, “Presentence Investigation Reports and Sentencing Memos.” Co-presenter with Joshua Page, Hastings, MN. June 20, 2013.
  • Minnesota First Judicial District Office of the Public Defender CLE Training, “Critiquing Presentence Investigation Reports.” Co-presenter with Joshua Page, Burnsville, MN. May 10, 2013.
  • Second Chance Day on the Hill, “Higher Education as a Path to Success.” Speaker, St. Paul, MN. January 31, 2012.
  • Big 10 Law Enforcement Directors Conference, “Prisoner Reintegration and the College Campus.” Co-presenter with Christopher Uggen, Minneapolis, MN. December 5, 2011.

Media

Legislative Testimony
  • Judiciary Committee, Minnesota State Senate, SF107 (Felon voting rights restoration). March 14, 2014.
  • Elections Committee, Minnesota House of Representatives, HF491 (Felon voting rights restoration). March 19, 2013.
  • Elections Committee, Minnesota House of Representatives, HF637 (Felon voting rights notification). March 5, 2013.
  • Judiciary Committee, Minnesota State Senate, SF164 (Felon voting rights notification). February 19, 2013.

Community Involvement/Affiliations
  • Spokesperson and Public Outreach, Minnesota Second Chance Coalition (2011 - present)
  • Special Dispositional Advisor, Minnesota State Public Defenders Office (2013 - present)