I 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 and specialize in domestic and international research in family demography, reproductive health, and maternal and infant health.

A large part of my work focuses on the demographic and health consequences of disruptions to social contexts in the United States and Mexico. One of my lines of research investigates the relationship between the opioid epidemic and fertility, family formation, and family structures in the United States. Another set of projects assesses the effect of community violence on reproductive health and family formation and stability in Mexico. A separate area of interest focuses on the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on infant and maternal health in that same country. In addition, I am conducting work on inequality in knowledge about contraception, 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.