I was born and raised in Texas and received a bachelors degree in sociology at The University of Texas at Austin. There, I was the editor-in-chief of the first ever undergraduate sociology journal, Sociological Insight. Since then, I have been pursuing graduate research at Stanford University, where I am currently a PhD candidate in sociology.
My research examines the intersections of family, gender, and work, focusing on how the uneven gender division of childcare impacts family structure and wellbeing. Specifically, I concentrate on social barriers which may contribute to the lack of men acting as primary caregivers. From a methodological standpoint, my work is unique in that it utilizes survey experimental methods to understand decision-making in private and domestic settings, which can be difficult to capture in observational data. I also conduct research relating to public opinion on issues currently facing American families, such as parenting and work flexibility, the rising costs of childcare, and divorce and custody decisions.
At Stanford, I have worked with Professor Michael Rosenfeld in collecting qualitative and quantitative data on romantic relationships, through the project How Couples Meet and Stay Together (HCMST). I’ve also been involved in a number of interdisciplinary research groups, including the Laboratory for the Study of American Values, led by Professors Paul Sniderman and Mike Tomz , and the Political Psychology Research Group (PPRG), led by Professor Jon Krosnick.
In the coming year (2018-2019), I will be a graduate fellow at both the Clayman Institute for Gender Research and the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS). Currently, my research is also supported with funding from the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality (CPI) as well as Stanford’s Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity (DDRO).