I am a sociologist studying social policy, health, family, and inequality. My primary research focuses on how state and professional organizations shape gendered, racial, and socioeconomic inequalities in American maternal and child welfare. My broader scholarly interests include the politics of the welfare state, risk discourses in social work and medicine, and cultural conceptions of parenting and health. I currently explore these themes as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Brown University Watson Institute of Public and International Affairs. My work has been recognized by the ASA Political Sociology section and supported by multiple fellowships and research grants, and I have published in the American Journal of Sociology, Qualitative Sociology, and Sociological Methods and Research.
My research falls loosely into three streams. My dissertation-based book project, Punitive Protection: The Transformation of Child Welfare and Perinatal Regulation in the United States (1935-2000), investigates evolving cultural and administrative norms in American welfare governance, tracing the intertwined development of child and perinatal protective policies from 1935-2000. I am working on several collaborations related to this theme, including studies of maltreatment-related fatality rates, the racialization of medical reporting of substance exposed infants, and risk assessment in child welfare. In research related to culture, politics, and religion, I have published on educational regulation and religious advocacy, communal and organizational change, and I have researched gendered forms of resistance during the Holocaust. In a third methodologically-focused research stream, I have co-authored an article on large-scale qualitative methods, inspired by my interest in how the application of diverse data sources—archival, administrative, and legal—can explain the complex institutional factors that underlie social inequities.