Department of Sociology
Queens College, City University of New York
My research is at the intersection of social demography, inequality, education, race/ethnicity and immigration. I employ a variety of quantitative methods including quasi-experimental research design, instrumental variable regressions and panel data analysis to the study of these topics.
I have published research on the effect of parental time use and maternal work on child development; the relative roles of cognitive and non-cognitive skills in determining educational attainment. I have also conducted research exploring the roles of work ethic, peer culture, gender norms and friendship networks in shaping Asian American achievement.
I am currently the Principal Investigator on a large mixed-method study seeking to understand the role of legal status on the immigration experiences, educational and occupational trajectories and family dynamics of a ethnically diverse population of students at CUNY. You can find out more about the project here.
My work has been supported by the William T. Grant Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, European Research Council and the CUNY Research Foundation and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, the Economist, TIME, and NPR.
Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2008
M. A., Economics, New York University, 2002
B. A., Economics, New York University, 1999
Associate Professor, Sociology, Queens College, CUNY, 2017-present
Assistant Professor, Sociology, Queens College, CUNY, 2010-2017
NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, 2008-2010