About Me

I’m a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. My research focuses on the causes and consequences of economic inequality and financial insecurity for individuals, families, and communities. Much of my work brings a political economy, demographic, and/or spatial lens to questions related to inequality, poverty, and mobility. I’m especially interested in how inequalities accumulate over the life course and across different market contexts, as well as the potential for social institutions and social policies to ameliorate inequalities. You can learn more about some of my recent and ongoing research projects below.

At the Institute for Research on Poverty, I’m collaborating with an interdisciplinary group of scholars on a project funded by the National Institutes of Health that leverages large-N proprietary credit bureau and administrative data to understand the relationships between social policies, household debt, and wellbeing among socioeconomically vulnerable populations in the United States.

Prior to arriving at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, I received my PhD in sociology from Ohio State University. My undergraduate degrees are from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.

  • Inequality, Poverty, & Mobility
  • Economic Sociology
  • Credit, Wealth, & Debt
  • Work and Labor Markets
  • Demography
  • Rural and Urban Sociology
  • Social Policy
  • PhD in Sociology, 2023

    Ohio State University

  • MA in Sociology, 2020

    Ohio State University

  • BA in Sociology | BA in Economics, 2018

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

My research asks how power and policy shapes inequality. One strand of research focuses on labor market inequality and the returns to worker power. Another
strand considers the institutional and relational sources of disparities in financial markets. My published work has appeared in Social Problems, Nature Human Behaviour, and Journal of Health and Social Behavior among other outlets.

Research Projects