I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison’s Department of Sociology in August 2019. While there I was an IES Predoctoral Fellow and a Graduate Research Fellow at the Institute for Research on Poverty. Since it began and for three years, I was the research assistant for the Madison Education Partnership (MEP). I have held a research associate position at Stanford University since.


Over the years at both universities, I have developed a robust, theory-driven research agenda for understanding engagement and punishment in schools. The ways students and their families engage in schools do not simply prepare children for participating in and connecting to learning; they are factors by which educators and peers evaluate whether children belong in school in the first place. How students are evaluated by educators and their peers helps determine their educational trajectories—and thus contributes to social inequality. My work addressing these social phenomena falls into two streams: (1) how educators and educational interventions shape student engagement and punishment, and (2) how broad social policies influence engagement or punishment, in schools and other social institutions.

Prior to entering UW-Madison, I was an assistant director at the Center for Educational Partnerships at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), a school counselor, a youth counselor for adjudicated adolescents, and a substitute teacher in urban, suburban, and rural school districts. 


I have also worked as a research consultant for survey research at MEP and for randomized controlled trials at the College Transition Collaborative, at Measured Decisions, Inc., and more


While a graduate student at UW-Madison, I served as the first Chair of the Sociology Graduate Student Association.