Welcome to my webpage! I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA. Prior to joining the faculty at
ULV I was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. I received my Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan, where I also trained at the Population Studies Center.

My research takes a social demographic approach to topics related to family, labor market, inequality, and health outcomes. My work primarily addresses two themes: relationships among gender, family, and the labor market; and the relationship between the labor market and family health and well-being. Within the area of gender, family, and the labor market, one branch of my research examines relationships between labor market experiences and spouses’ unpaid labor time. A second branch of research examines the relationship between family formation and wage penalties (or premiums) that men and women experience in the labor market. Within the area of labor market and family health and well-being I study how unemployment and economic hardship affect health and well-being for individuals and families, with a particular focus on changes in health-related behaviors and obesity.

At the University of La Verne I teach courses such as Sociology of the Family; Health, Wealth, and Poverty; Quantitative Analysis;
Birth, Migration, and Aging; Gender Inequality; and Senior Thesis. I am a co-PI on a grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to expand course-based undergraduate research experience course offerings.