Matthew is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and a graduate of Arizona State University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Prior to his graduate training, he was part of the U.S. Department of Education’s McNair Scholar’s Program. In general, his research broadly focuses on life-course criminology, violence, and the intersection of mental health/illness and criminal justice policy. Beyond research, he’s currently an instructor for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and previously developed and coordinated the Justice & Society Learning Community. Matthew is also a co-organizer of Just Poetry, an annual event that brings together individuals from diverse perspectives and experiences (e.g. officers of the Detroit Police Department, individuals with incarcerated loved ones, former juvenile lifers, victims of violence, etc.) to explore “justice” through poetry/spoken word.