My research uses quantitative methods to analyze racial/ethnic inequalities in schools and neighborhoods, with a specific focus on the Mexican-origin population. In individual and collaborative work, I address the following research questions:
*Do Mexican-origin youth in new immigrant destinations have a higher risk of school non-enrollment than those in more established gateways? (Article on-line in PRPR 2016).
*How does geographic proximity to kin networks relate to mobility and neighborhood choice? (Article on-line in Demography 2017).
*Does racialization block Mexican-origin youth from enrolling in more racially/ethnically and socioeconomically integrated schools?
*How do affective and behavioral engagement among Mexican-origin youth vary across schools by racial/ethnic and socioeconomic composition?
*Does isolation in minority-concentrated and impoverished schools explain low achievement and high dropout among Mexican-origin youth?
*How do maternal employment and community child care contexts influence enrollment in preschool among children in Mexican-origin families?
*How have Black-White achievement gaps changed over time? Do family-level factors or school-level factors do a better job of explaining the gap?
*Can racial/ethnic differences in the likelihood of exiting a poor neighborhood be explained by differences in geographic closeness to kin networks?