I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology, the Joint Degree Program in Social Policy, and the Office of Population Research at Princeton University.  My research concerns criminal justice, crime, inequality, families, and new technologies for data collection, specifically focusing on four topics:

  • The consequences of incarceration for job searching and employment
  • The impact of paternal incarceration for families and communities
  • The role of the family in criminal offending over the life course
  • The utility of smartphones for data collection among hard-to-reach groups

I approach research questions from a mixed methods perspective, and I have conducted both qualitative and quantitative research in the United States and Japan.  Prior to graduate school, I worked at the Vera Institute of Justice, the Institute for Children and Poverty, and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.  I co-authored a qualitative account of homeless mothers and their children living in New York City, Beyond the Shelter Wall: Homeless Families Speak Out.  I hold a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University.