Introduction

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I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at  the Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy at Cornell University. My research investigates the connection between structural inequalities and individual choices in the United States. How do selection processes reflect and reinforce racial and socioeconomic gaps in educational attainment, wealth accumulation, childhood health, and economic opportunity? How do family decisions about where to live and send children to school contribute to segregation and the persistence of inequality over time and between generations? And how are choices influenced not only by individual resources and preferences, but also by public policy and demographic context?

My publications and working papers engage three research areas:

1. Dimensions of inequality in parental housing and schooling decisions
2. The expression of social status hierarchies in market behavior
3. Economic insecurity and education policy

I hold affiliations with Cornell’s Center for the Study of Inequality and the Cornell Population Center. Before beginning my PhD in Sociology at New York University, I worked as a high school math instructor and coordinator at Making Waves, a non-profit educational access program in Richmond, CA. I also spent one year abroad, teaching mathematics at Study Hall School and Prerna School in Lucknow, India. I completed my BA in Sociology from UC Berkeley in 2004.

Office Hours for Fall 2022
PAM 2101 students: Thursdays 12:30-1pm and 2:30-3:30pm
PAM 2250 / SOC 2070 / AMST 2070 students: Thursdays 11am-12pm
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