I am a Sociologist and Demographer studying American families, with a focus on racial-ethnic and socioeconomic stratification. Currently, I am finishing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan and beginning as an assistant professor in the Sociology Department at the University of South Carolina. I am also an affiliate of the MacArthur Foundation’s “Research Network on an Aging Society.”
My research is focused on two main areas. First, I study the exchange of resource within families, including financial transfers to young adults, caregiving support to older adults, and qualities of intergenerational relationships. Second, I study decision-making around childbearing, including attitudes towards children, parity desires, and unintended pregnancy. Throughout my research I pay particular attention to how family processes differ by socioeconomic status and race-ethnicity (with a focus on Latino families) and how these differences relate to stratification. Much of my work is motivated by the desire to understand the roles of norms, attitudes, and preferences in shaping family-related behaviors.
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