I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Rice University. I received my doctoral degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2023.
My research agenda is motivated by the central question of how social stratification and inequality shape family dynamics and health outcomes across the life course. The first thread of my research investigates whether and how marriage and family matter for health. I examine this question by focusing on same-sex unions and sexual minority families as this approach offers a unique opportunity to disentangle whether the health impacts of marriage and family reflect the social privileges conferred on certain family forms or the gendered family dynamics that vary for same- and different-sex couples (e.g., housework division; power balance; spousal support; care work). The second thread of my research focuses on social determinants of well-being. Specifically, I study how disadvantaged social statuses get under the skin to produce inequalities in a variety of outcomes over the life course.
My work has appeared in Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Journal of Family Studies, BMC Public Health, and other outlets. I also managed Demography as an editorial assistant for three years (2019-2022).