I am a doctoral candidate in the sociology department at Johns Hopkins University. My research interests include family demography, gender, inequality, computational social science, and novel data applications. Much of my current research examines how increases in women's educational attainment are connected to changing patterns in assortative mating, family structures, and gender roles. My dissertation considers how educationally hypogamous couples, or different-sex couples in which women have more education than their male partners, are different from other educational pairings and how these differences may influence their transitions from cohabitation into marriage. In my capacity as a research assistant I am responsible for the collection, management, and analysis of a growing body of 100 million audio files which are being paired with administrative data to analyze crime trends in Baltimore City.
Prior to returning to graduate study, I managed the processing and analysis of data used in large-scale social policy demonstrations and randomized-control trials at MDRC. My project work included multi-generational projects designed to improve the economic and educational opportunities of low-income populations in the United States. I began my career working in direct social services. I managed non-clinical therapeutic programming for formerly homeless and mentally ill adults in a 650-unit supportive housing community owned and operated by Common Ground Community (now Breaking Ground) in New York City. In West Africa, I worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo and Chad.