About Me

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In Fall 2020, I will be joining the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Sociology as an Assistant Professor. I use sociological and demographic perspectives and quantitative methods to examine the intersection of family life with the criminal justice, immigration, and child welfare systems in the United States (U.S.), focusing on social inequality in childhood and young adulthood. 

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 implications of criminal justice and child welfare system involvement in the U.S. In this work, I use 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.

I recently completed my PhD in Sociology in the Departments of Sociology and Policy Analysis & Management at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. 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 completed my undergraduate studies at Wellesley College, majoring in economics and French.¬†