I am a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology & Social Policy at Harvard University. I use qualitative methods to study the relationship between gender and class inequality and family life. My current project focuses on "cognitive labor": the work of anticipating household needs, identifying options for meeting those needs, deciding among the options, and monitoring the outcomes.
While decades of sociological research shows a persistent gender gap in men’s and women’s household labor contributions, common definitions of household labor encompass only the physical elements of such work. Via in-depth interviews of couples with children, I show that cognitive labor is in fact a ubiquitous component of household life—one that is unequally distributed on the basis of gender and, to a lesser extent, social class. In two articles published in and forthcoming from the American Sociological Review, I highlight both the gendering of cognitive labor and how couples “de-gender” it, or obscure gender’s influence on their labor allocation processes. My dissertation builds on this work to ask how gender and class interact to shape cognitive labor patterns and to identify the processes that lead couples to a traditional or non-traditional cognitive labor allocation.
My work on cognitive labor has been recognized by three sections of the American Sociological Association: Sex and Gender; Family; and Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility. I've received funding support from the Weatherhead Initiative for Gender Inequality, the Center for American Political Studies, and the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Ph.D. Fellowship in Inequality and Wealth Concentration.
Prior to graduate school, I worked as a research associate for a nonprofit consulting firm that uses insights from behavioral science to solve social problems. I'm originally from New Jersey and received an A.B. in anthropology from Princeton University in 2012.