I am an ethnographer and a social theorist working on emotions, institutions, and poverty. My dissertation examines the affective underside of urban poverty and its management by the welfare state: how poor individuals and families cope with the repeated distress of job loss, eviction, incarceration, and violence and what these chronic difficulties do to their intimate bonds; how state and nonprofit agencies influence the material and emotional resources poor people can draw on; and the role that the rising concern of welfare state actors with the mental health of the poor plays in this process.

Areas of specialization: Emotions, Institutions, Poverty, Mental Health, Theory, Cultural Sociology, Qualitative Methods

Areas of competence: Race, Gender, and Class; Quantitative Methods