About Me

I am a sociologist and demographer who uses quantitative data and methods to examine the intersection of family life with the criminal legal, immigration, and child welfare systems in the United States (US). I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst).

Prior to joining the UMass Amherst community, I completed my PhD in Sociology in the Departments of Sociology and Policy Analysis & Management at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. My dissertation, Institutions in Childhood and the Transition to Adulthood in the United States: The Consequences of Criminal Justice and Child Welfare System Contact,┬áconsisted of three investigations of the the intersection of family life with the criminal legal and child welfare systems in the U.S. Before 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 an alum of Wellesley College, where I focused my studies on economics and French.

Outside of my academic and professional work, I enjoy cooking/baking, reading, yoga, making handmade cards, foraging, and hiking. Recently, this includes listening to LeVar Burton Reads and the Annex Sociology Podcast; exploring new woods and trails stewarded by the Trustees of Reservations; and listening to “Industry” by Lil Nas X, “Longing,” Movement II of Dobrinka Tabakova’s Concerto for Violoncello and Strings, and “Storm” by Otyken.