About Me

I am a PhD Candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and will begin as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at St Lawrence University in August 2020. I study inequality in higher education. Specifically, my research examines academic, social, and political decisions and behaviors of college students, during and after graduation. I am particularly interested in how these decisions are shaped by inequality and result in inequality reproduction. My published works have appeared in Sociological Forum, Qualitative Sociology, Socius, and Teaching Sociology.

I am also a committed instructor who has taught 8 courses as the instructor of record. My innovative teaching practices have been recognized by the ASA Section of Teaching and Learning, in my 2019 receipt of the Graduate Contributions to the Sociological Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award. I also received the 2020 Tanner Teaching Assistants Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at UNC and the 2019 SAGE Publishing Keith Roberts Teaching Innovations Award. 

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