SAM_2110I am an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Maryland, College Park since 2019. I hold a PhD in Sociology from New York University (2017), and I have conducted domestic and international research in family demography, sexuality and reproductive health, and crime and violence.

My research projects focus on how disruptions to social contexts impact fertility, family structures, and health in the United States and Mexico. One of my lines of research focuses on the relationship between the opioid epidemic and family formation and structures in the United States. Another line of research assesses the effect of community violence on family formation and stability in Mexico. A third set of projects looks at the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on infant and maternal health in Mexico. I am also working on several projects looking at patterns of inequality in contraceptive use, pregnancy intentions, and reproductive autonomy in the United States.

In addition to my academic activities, I have experience conducting research applied to public policy evaluations in low and middle income countries.

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