I am a PhD student in Sociology & Social Policy in the Harvard Department of Sociology and a Doctoral Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy. My primary research interests include poverty, the family, housing, and access to social programs. In my dissertation, I use data from both in-depth interviews and the NLSY79-CYA to examine the causes and consequences of living doubled up, or in a shared household, on families with children.
I am originally from southern Indiana. I was a first-generation college student and received my BA magna cum laude with a sociology and anthropology major from Carleton College in 2009. After college, I spent a year in AmeriCorps working at Caritas of Austin as a case manager for people facing homelessness. I received my Master of Public Affairs in 2012 from the La Follette School at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.