My research focuses on stratification processes related to family, work, and childcare. In my dissertation project, I explore ways that employment practices and public policies limit support available to children and low-income families. I focus on working parents with nonstandard or unstable schedules; children who receive less developmentally supportive or more disruptive care because of the shifts that their parents work; and the relatives who step in to care for these kids when other providers aren’t available. I use new methods and novel data to more effectively measure and analyze the difficulties that these families face in the U.S. today.
In addition to my dissertation, I have a number of collaborative projects on the go.
- Paul Chung and I are working on a project estimating racial differences in the effect of mass imprisonment on the availability of kin support.
- With Amal Harrati, I'm working on a paper characterizing and analyzing trajectories of employment and disability in a large American manufacturing firm.
- Issa Kohler-Hausmann, Angela Zorro Medina, and I are analyzing a set of 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.