I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), core ladder rank faculty in the sociology doctoral program, and affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues at UC Berkeley. From 2016-2018, I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, an associate at the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis , and an affiliate of the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York.
For 2017-2019, I was selected as a Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement (SITPA) Fellow at Duke University. In 2015-2016, I was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the sociology department at UC Berkeley. I earned my PhD in sociology from New York University in 2015. I also hold a BA in comparative literature from Fordham University and an MFA in nonfiction creative writing from Columbia University.
My book, an urban ethnography of older adults living in a gentrified New York City neighborhood, is under contract with the University of California Press. Peer-reviewed journal articles from this project have appeared in The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Innovation in Aging, Qualitative Sociology, and Sociological Science.
My research and teaching interests include gender, health/ mental health, the family, urban communities, aging and the life course, and qualitative research methods. My research has been supported by fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the American Sociological Association (ASA) Minority Fellowship Program and has received awards from the Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging and the ASA sections on Family, Urban and Community Sociology, Aging and the Life Course, and Sociological Practice and Public Sociology.
My articles, essays, and op-eds for broader audiences have appeared in Contexts, Reuters, Slate, Longreads, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, CalMatters, The New York Times, and USA Today, where I am a member of the Opinion Board of Contributors. You can read a recent profile of my work here.
I am a proud first-generation college graduate, born and raised in New York City.