About Me

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I use sociological and demographic perspectives and quantitative methods to examine the intersection of family life with the criminal legal, immigration, and child welfare systems in the United States (U.S.), focusing on social inequality in childhood and young adulthood. 

I recently completed my PhD in Sociology in the Departments of Sociology and Policy Analysis & Management at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. In Fall 2020, I will be joining the University of Massachusetts Amherst as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. Prior to beginning my graduate studies, I was a member of the research team at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC where my work focused on detailing gender, racial/ethnic, and socioeconomic inequality in economic security and labor market experiences in the U.S. I am a proud alumna of Wellesley College, where my undergraduate studies were focused on economics and French.

My dissertation, Institutions in Childhood and the Transition to Adulthood in the United States: The Consequences of Criminal Justice and Child Welfare System Contact,¬†consisted of three investigations of the the intersection of family life with the criminal legal and child welfare systems in the U.S. I used an array of methods and survey and administrative data to document and explore (1) the racialized role of institutions in shaping home-leaving experiences in the transition to adulthood, (2) the relationship between foster care placement and children’s care and living arrangement instability, and (3) the effects of paternal incarceration on birth outcomes.