During my time at Yale, I have concentrated my studies on the ethics and politics of the criminal justice system with a particular emphasis on sentencing and alternatives to incarceration. While at Cambridge, I seek to further examine the limits of individual culpability in criminal sentencing, especially as they relate to racial and economic marginalization. By integrating sentencing theory with the study of crime's causes, I aspire to show that precluding identity markers of adversity from sentencing guidelines can often lead to more unjust outcomes. Outside of classes, I have spent time working with the Federal Public Defenders, the Legal Action Center (an advocacy organization for individuals with criminal records and substance use disorders), the New Haven Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, and Yale Students for Private Prison Divestment. As one of the first children born to two gay dads through assisted reproduction, I am also proud to have advocated for LGBTQ families on the news and in the courtroom. I am lucky to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Non-Profit COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gay Everywhere). I could not be more honoured to be joining the Gates Cambridge community to work and learn with others committed to thoughtful and effective social change.