My research examines how educational attainment and college attendance shape inequality and politics. I use both quantitative and mixed-methods data to answer three major questions:

  • What is the value of a college degree in the labor market?
  • How does migration near graduations compare to migration around other life course events such as births, job changes, and marriages? And,
  • Why do activists cease social movement participation after they graduate from college?

My research appears in the American Sociological Review, Social Problems (forthcoming), Social Forces, Sociology of Education, Sociological Forum, and Socius. I have also been honored with Best Graduate Student Paper Awards from the Collective Behavior and Social Movements and the Aging and Life Course sections of the American Sociological Association. Additionally, I received the Everett K. Wilson Award, honoring the most outstanding graduate instructor at UNC’s sociology department.

Prior to my time at UNC, I earned a Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, worked as a community/union organizer, and coordinated a violence prevention program based at a rape crisis center. I also completed research on sexual violence prevention programming in higher education, focusing specifically on fraternity/sorority systems.