About Me


I am a PhD Candidate in Sociology in the Departments of Sociology and Policy Analysis & Management at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. My research uses quantitative and demographic methods to examine the intersection of family life with the U.S. criminal justice, immigration, and child welfare systems, focusing on racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequality in the wellbeing and social integration and instability of children, adolescents, and young adults.

My dissertation, “Institutions and Inequality in Childhood and the Transition to Adulthood in the United States: The Consequences of Criminal Justice and Child Welfare System Contact” (working title), consists of three quantitative investigations of the implications of foster care placement and incarceration on social instability and health in early life, with particular interest in documenting racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities and understanding the role of selection in explaining these associations and inequalities therein. I use a combination of survey and administrative data for this work.

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 gender, racial/ethnic, and socioeconomic inequality in economic security and labor market experiences in the United States. I completed an undergraduate degree in economics and French at Wellesley College in 2010.