I am a PhD candidate in sociology and social policy at Harvard University. I study poverty, social policy, children and youth, education, and family life, with particular attention to family-state relations in contexts of poverty and inequality: how the state intervenes in families and how parents engage with social policies, systems, and supports. Much of my current research focuses on Child Protective Services, drawing on administrative data as well as fieldwork with mothers, child welfare agency staff, and professionals mandated to report child maltreatment. Other projects examine school choice and residential decision-making.
My work has been supported by the Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality and Social Policy at Harvard, the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, the Julius B. Richmond Fellowship at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Before beginning my graduate studies, I contributed to multi-method research on community college reforms at MDRC and worked on impact litigation at Children's Rights to reform child welfare systems. I have also advocated for youth in foster care and assisted self-represented litigants in housing and family law clinics. I received a B.A. in American studies and in history from Stanford University, where I worked on The Stanford Daily and completed a thesis on homeless parents’ involvement in their children’s education.