I’m the Frank H.T. Rhodes Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University. I recently earned my PhD from the department of sociology at The Ohio State University, where I was a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow. In Fall 2024, I will be Assistant Professor of Sociology at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
My work is located at the intersection of inequality and political economy, with focuses on economic insecurity, credit and debt, social policy, and financial shocks. My dissertation, "Sheltered from the Storm? Social Policy and Economic Insecurity in US States," examined how state policy environments condition experiences of economic insecurity. The first dissertation paper looks at both the determinants of state-level protections for debtors, and their consequences for economic insecurity. This paper has won multiple student paper awards and is published in the American Journal of Sociology. The second paper studies how political environments differentially moderate the relationship between financial shocks and insecurity in households, and the the third chapter dives deeper into the case of medical shocks. In other collaborative work, I also study racial inequality and student loan debt (one manuscript at Social Currents), credit card debt (one manuscript invited to revise and resubmit at the American Journal of Sociology), and government credit ratings (one manuscript at Sociological Forum).
I received my MA in sociology from Ohio State in 2017, and my BS in political science and international affairs from Florida State University in 2014. In my free time, I enjoy reading fiction, taking long walks, spending time with my cats, and gardening.