I am a policy expert and researcher at the New America New Practice Lab focusing on the social safety net and economic mobility. I am particularly interested in how implementation of social policy can improve equity in outcomes. I was previously a Fellow at the Cornell Population Center, an Economic Policy Fellow in the Office of Senator Cory Booker where I led the the development his signature housing legislation, a Fellow at the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, a Fellow at the Department of Health and Human Services, and an intern with the White House Domestic Policy Council in the Office of Urban Affairs and Economic Mobility. I received my Ph.D. in Sociology at Harvard University. My research examines inequality and opportunity in the United States, with an emphasis on the policies that seek to impact social mobility. More specifically, my work focuses on the predictors of sub-national variation in intergenerational economic mobility, including health, race, and education.
My research has been published in Demography, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and the Annual Review of Sociology. I have also been published in popular outlets, such as The Guardian, The Hill, the Scientific American, and NBC: THINK. My work has been funded by the Doris Duke Fellowship at the University of Chicago, the Women in Public Policy Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Presidential Public Service fellowship at Harvard University.
I hold a A.B. in Government from Cornell University and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.