I am a Climenko Fellow, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and Social Policy, and doctoral fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at Harvard.
My core interests include criminal law and criminal justice policy, family structure and family law, public benefits and poverty law, urban and community sociology, legal and social theory, culture, and qualitative empirical methods. Though these interests are multiple, they coalesce around the goals of understanding persistent poverty, illuminating sources of resilience, and identifying potential legal and policy interventions to help resolve the issues identified.
Current projects include a qualitative study of how low-income African-American mothers interact with and make use of civil and criminal law enforcement and an interview-based and ethnographic project that explores youth interventions and cultural resources using an urban debate league as a case study (with Asad L. Asad). I am also affiliated with research teams working on projects regarding prisoner reentry, how young adults make decisions about parenting, and how parents make decisions about housing.
I am a first-generation college graduate with degrees from Furman University, University College Dublin, Harvard University, and the Yale Law School. I am on the Board of Directors of the Truman Scholars Association and a resident tutor at Lowell House. I am also a member of the California Bar. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, pottery, yoga, and singing. A link to my CV is here.