I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, associate at the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis , and 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 have been 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 dissertation, an urban ethnography of older adults living in a gentrified New York City neighborhood, is under contract with the University of California Press.

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 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 have appeared in Contexts, Reuters, The New Republic, Slate, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The New York Times.

I am a proud first-generation college graduate, born and raised in New York City.