My research interests are the identification and subsequent investigation into barriers to and incentives, for developing critical consciousness and youth empowerment interventions. I intend for my studies to engage marginalized youth with training in research methods and application. As their co-creation at every stage of research production will not only shape the interventions, but will also fortify their legitimacy and sustainability. I hope to develop participatory models of engagement that aim to ask minority youth and young adults what they envision for addressing violence and opportunities within their communities.
Keywords: Youth Participatory Action Research, Sociopolitical Development, Liberation Education, Community Organizing
Patton, D. U., Leonard, P., Cahill, L., Macbeth, J., Crosby, S., & Brunton, D. W. (2016). “Police took my homie I dedicate my life 2 his revenge”: Twitter tensions between gang-involved youth and police in Chicago. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 26(3-4), 310-324.