I am an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo – SUNY.

I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in sociology. After graduation, I taught high school English in Mississippi with Teach For America for two years, then worked as a research intern at Public/Private Ventures and as a paralegal for the U.S. Attorney’s office before entering graduate school. I received my Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University in 2013.  My research interests include inequality, education, race and ethnic relations, gender, youth and the family and qualitative methods.

Broadly, my research focuses on understanding the intersections of culture and structure in schools and how racial, gender and class inequalities are reproduced in educational contexts. My research has examined two main areas – the social dynamics of racial integration and segregation in high schools and access to and persistence in postsecondary education.