I am an Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, Demography, and Sociology and a Research Associate with the Population Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University. I received my PhD in Sociology from University at Albany, State University of New York in 2008 and spent five years as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  My research focuses on the demography of children, youth, and families living in rural and urban areas of the U.S. with a particular focus on social and spatial inequalities and social determinants of health. I am interested in how the characteristics of our neighborhoods, families, and schools create barriers to or provide opportunities for well-being. My publications and research in progress consider the role of race/ethnicity on welfare outcomes, trends in the distribution of family income in the U.S., inequalities in health care utilization and health outcomes, contextual determinants of physical activity among children, and demographic consequences of the Great Recession.