I am a Postdoctoral Associate in the Maryland Population Research Center, at the University of Maryland, College Park. I completed my doctoral studies in Sociology at New York University (degree to be conferred in May 2017), and I have conducted domestic and international research in family demography, education, community violence, contraception, and sexual behavior, among other topics.
My doctoral dissertation focuses on how social context impacts teenage women’s sexual activity, fertility, marriage, and cohabitation in Mexico. Two of my dissertation papers assess the effect of exposure to community violence on fertility, marriage, and cohabitation in Mexico. This work builds on my past research on the impact of community violence on children’s educational outcomes. My findings suggest that violence promotes higher barriers to marriage and higher nonmarital fertility rates among the most disadvantaged.
Another dissertation paper explores the relationship between school progression relative to age and the timing of sexual onset, first pregnancy, and first union among teenage women in Mexico. I find that experiences such as exposure to relatively older peers in school and completing academic milestones earlier in life may lead young-for-grade women to accelerate their transition to adulthood compared to same-age students attending a school grade below.
In addition to my academic activities, I have extensive experience conducting research applied to public policy evaluations in developing countries.