I’m a PhD candidate in the department of sociology at The Ohio State University and a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow. My work is located at the intersection of stratification and political economy, with a focus on economic insecurity, credit and debt, and social policy.
My dissertation project examines how state policy environments relate to 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 conditionally accepted at the American Journal of Sociology. The second paper studies how policy 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 forthcoming 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, and gardening.