I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Stanford University's Graduate School of Education and an Affiliated Researcher at the University of Wisconsin - Madison's Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Through my research, I investigate how social inequalities and institutional policies influence people’s beliefs and actions. I do so by drawing on literature connected to social stratification, sociology of education, social psychology, and deviance. In my current research agenda, I explore how race, gender, and social class influence engagement - the participation in and commitment to school - and how schools shape engagement, for better or worse. I use a mixture of quantitative methods in advanced regression and experimental designs for my research.
I received my Ph.D. in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. While there I was a fellow at the Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences (ITP) and a Graduate Research Fellow at the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP). Since it began three years ago, I was the research assistant for the Madison Education Partnership (MEP), producing several research briefs on four-year-old kindergarten enrollment, 4K effectiveness, and elementary school absence policies.
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.
While a graduate student at UW-Madison, I served as the first Chair of the Sociology Graduate Student Association.