Abigail is a doctoral candidate. She is originally from New York City and received a B.A. in Sociology from Goucher College. Throughout college she interned at several criminal justice agencies including The Correctional Association of New York, the Bronx Defenders, and the Vera Institute for Justice. She has worked as a research assistant for Dr. Taylor conducting interviews with mothers returning to the community in order to track decision making patterns, as well as for Dr. Fader conducting interviews and fieldwork for an ethnography of the Frankford community in Philadelphia. Abigail has been a teaching assistant for several different criminal justice courses as well as the primary instructor for Victims in Society, and Race and Crime.
Abigail’s interests focus on prevention, racial literacy, parental incarceration, and the interconnection between the family, education, and criminal justice systems. Last year Abigail completed an evaluability assessment of a prison-based fatherhood program; more information on this project can be found in her recent publication in The International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. She is currently working on her dissertation that explores how Black fathers in Southwest Philadelphia construct and enact their paternal identities in the face of stigma and discrimination and how policing practices in the area impact fatherhood.