I am interested in culture, inequality, family, health, and the sociology of food. My mixed-methods dissertation examines how parents across the socioeconomic spectrum decide what to feed their children at a time of heightened concern about what we eat. I am particularly interested in the interaction between parents' economic resources and their ideas about food. I write about why parents defer to their children's preferences, why low-income families purchase bottled water even when they have no concerns about tap water, and how parents evaluate the food choices of their peers and themselves. I integrate insights from cultural sociology, public health, and behavioral economics. I am also studying the social dynamics of a food pantry.
I received my BA in sociology and Spanish from Smith College. Before joining Harvard sociology, I studied childrearing among indigenous rural-to-urban migrants in Bolivia on a Fulbright fellowship. I am currently a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.<embed>