Research and Teaching Interests

I am a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. I completed my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington in 2015. I am trained in demography and statistics for the social sciences. My research interests include racial/ethnic inequality, immigration, education, health disparities, urban sociology, and quantitative methods.

My individual and collaborative work examines explanations for why racial/ethnic and immigrant-origin groups are unequally distributed across contexts–including schools, neighborhoods, and immigrant destinations–and evaluates the consequences of this contextual inequality for disparities in outcomes in domains such as education, residential mobility, and health. I am particularly interested in understanding how the attributes of immigrant-receiving contexts, including states, communities, neighborhoods, and schools, influence the educational and health outcomes of children and adolescents of Mexican origin.