Welcome!

I am an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. I hold a PhD in Sociology from New York University (2017), and I have conducted domestic and international research in family demography, gender, race and ethnicitycrime and violence, sexuality and reproductive health, and education.

My research focuses on how disruptions to social context impacts young women’s sexual activity, fertility, marriage, and cohabitation in the United States and Mexico. One of my lines of research assesses the effect of exposure to community violence on fertility, marriage, cohabitation, and other demographic outcomes in Mexico. Another line of research focuses on the relationship between the opioid epidemic and family formation and structure in the United States. I am also working on several projects looking at patterns of inequality in contraceptive use, fertility preferences, and risk of unintended pregnancy in the United States.

In addition to my academic activities, I have extensive experience conducting research applied to public policy evaluations in developing countries.

Header: Detail of Mendoza Codex describing an after birth ritual.