I am currently a Postdoctoral Scholar/Mansueto Fellow at the University of Chicago's Department of Sociology and Mansueto Institute of Urban Innovation.
Before UChicago, I completed a Ph.D. in Sociology & Social Policy at Harvard University, where I was also a doctoral fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy and a Meyer Fellow in the Joint Center for Housing Studies, as well as an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.
My research examines whether and how neighborhoods, schools, and childcare settings mediate the intergenerational transmission of skills and status. To this end, I draw on literature from urban sociology, inequality/stratification, sociology of education, public policy, and spatial analysis and use my hometown of Los Angeles as a theoretically strategic case.
What began as the first chapter of my dissertation was recently published in Demography as a coauthored article exploring skill-based neighborhood sorting, with Robert J. Sampson: https://rdcu.be/b3f0i. Subsequent chapters examine the link between parental depression and contextual selection (forthcoming at Journal of Health & Social Behavior), minority avoidance via school sorting in the suburbs, and whether contemporary school sorting should be conceptualized as a status attainment or intergenerational reproduction process. I am grateful to the National Science Foundation, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Institute for Quantitative Social Science and Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies for funding my project.
Beyond my dissertation, I have written a sole-authored paper on neighborhood inequality and change (Urban Affairs Review) and coauthored papers on school (ine)quality (American Educational Research Journal with Tracey Lloyd), wealth inequality (Annual Review of Sociology with Alexandra Killewald and Fabian Pfeffer) and neighborhood income inequality (RSF: Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences with Robert J. Sampson and Robert D. Mare). The latter paper received extensive coverage in LA Weekly (https://www.laweekly.com/minority-neighborhoods-at-the-bottom-of-l-a-s-economic-ladder-tend-to-stay-there/).
Prior to my doctoral studies, I attended Harvard’s Kennedy School, worked at the New York City Department of Education, consulted several national nonprofits, including the United Negro College Fund, Audubon Society, and Women’s World Banking on their social impact strategies, and received a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics & Economics and Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.