My research examines how changes to three core social institutions — work, criminal justice, and housing — have served to produce and perpetuate inequality. I use a variety of quantitative methods to demonstrate how disparities in exposure to precarious work, the criminal justice system, and housing instability are maintained through the mechanism of the family. The first branch of my research explores the causes and consequences of eviction. The second centers on parental work scheduling, child care arrangements, and family structure. The third explores the reach of the criminal justice system, especially in ways that commonly-available data make difficult to measure. Taken as a whole, my work contributes to the literature on housing, families, mass incarceration, employment, and stratification and to our understanding of the equality of opportunity in modern America.
I have a number of projects on the go.
- I serve as the associate director of the Eviction Lab at Princeton University, where I work on projects related to spatial and temporal variations in eviction patterns in the United States.
- As part of that work, I developed the Eviction Tracking System, which is a tool for monitoring eviction filings in real time across the U.S.
- I wrote a set of papers related to parental working schedules, childcare arrangements, and family well-being.
- Paul Chung and I wrote a paper estimating racial differences in the effect of mass imprisonment on the availability of kin support.
- With Amal Harrati, I wrote a paper characterizing and analyzing trajectories of employment and disability in a large American manufacturing firm. More to come!
- Issa Kohler-Hausmann, Angela Zorro Medina, and I have analyzed administrative records from New York City to determine life-time risk of exposure to a number of criminal justice outcomes across race, sex, and cohort.
When not working on these various and sundry projects, I tend to run a lot. I've maintained a one-marathon-per-year pace since 2010. This may not qualify strictly as "research," but I do think it's an invaluable part of my research process. It also helps to keep me in sufficiently good shape to keep up with my kids.