I am a stratification and quantitative sociologist. My research asks how macro-level changes shape people’s economic security. I identify changes in economic, legal, and social systems and trace their consequences for socio-economic, gender, and racial/ethnic inequalities. I explore the effects of the economic restructuring of job quality on employment, how legal changes shape racial/ethnic inequalities in postsecondary education, and how the expansion of educational opportunity shapes employment and earnings.
My dissertation, Job Quality: Changes, Timing, and Consequences, explores job quality stratification and change since 1988. My research identifies job quality (defined here as a combination of seven employer-provided benefits and having a standard schedule) as an ongoing source of gender inequality in the labor market across all education groups and ages with significant impacts upon women’s labor market participation. In 2020, I was awarded the NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for this project.