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 am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts 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, consisted 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 a proud alum of Wellesley College, where my undergraduate studies were focused on economics and French.
Outside of my academic and professional work and community engagement related to the policy institutions I study, I enjoy cooking/baking, reading, yoga, and hiking. Recent distractions include reading The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen, exploring new woods and trails stewarded by the Trustees of Reservations, trying recipes from wordloaf by Andrew Janjigian, and listening to “drivers license” by Olivia Rodrigo like all of my students and the 99% of people of my birth cohort who are secretly listening to it, too.