I am a Postdoctoral Associate in the Maryland Population Research Center, 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. In January 2019, I will join the Sociology Department at the University of Maryland as an Assistant Professor.

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 non-marital 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.

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