Christopher is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Sociology Department, and a Population Studies Trainee at the Minnesota Population Center. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar, Christopher’s research examines the intersection of policing, race, and health. Using mixed-method approaches, he aims to identify the hidden costs of police violence that are borne by individuals and marginalized communities of color. Drawing upon the life course perspective, Christopher seeks to understand how personal and vicarious experiences of police violence perpetuate adverse well-being across generations. Christopher aspires for his research to contribute to health and public safety policy efforts that center anti-racism and health equity.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • B.B.A.: Management, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011
  • M.A.: Sociology, The University of Texas at Arlington, 2018
  • M.A.: Sociology, University of Minnesota, 2021


  • Population Health
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Policing and Community Relations
  • Life Course Approach/Theory
  • Urban Sociology