I am a sociologist studying social welfare policy, family, and organizational change. My primary research focuses on how state and professional organizations shape gendered, racialized, and socioeconomic inequalities in maternal and child welfare. I work on multiple projects related to this theme as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University’s Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs. My broader research interests include the politics of the welfare state, risk regulation in social work and medicine, and the evolution of professional and state authority over families. I have received support from a range of internal and external fellowships, and my work has been recognized by the ASA Political Sociology section.
My dissertation and book project, Punitive Protection: The Transformation of Child Welfare and Perinatal Regulation in the United States (1935–2000), investigates evolving norms in American welfare governance, tracing the intertwined development of child and perinatal protective policies from 1935–2000. In my other research, I have studied the politics of educational regulation, religious and organizational change, and gendered forms of resistance during the Holocaust. My research projects are built on an array of large and complex datasets, inspiring an interest in how the application of diverse data sources—archival, administrative, and legal—can explain the complex institutional factors that underlie social inequities in maternal and child welfare, health, and education.