As a demographically trained sociologist with a background in public policy, my research primarily lies at the intersection of stratification and the sociology of education. Informed by this background, my work also engages criminology, gender and sexuality, and race/ethnicity.
I study how stigmatized youth are “policed:” by peers, by teachers, and by the juvenile justice system itself. Specifically, my research examines two forms of social control: exclusionary school discipline and peer bullying. Whereas school discipline is an institutionalized way through which adults police children’s behavior, bullying is an informal way in which children themselves police the boundaries of deviance and normativity. Across published, ongoing and planned research, I study how these two processes impact the lives of stigmatized youth.
My sole-authored research has been published in Sociology of Education and Educational Researcher and is forthcoming in the Journal of Adolescent Health. My work has received awards from the Education and Population Sections of the ASA, as well as from the Educational Problems Division of the SSSP.
At Princeton, I am entering my sixth year as a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology, with affiliations in the Office of Population Research and the Woodrow Wilson School. My work was recently recognized with a university-wide honorific fellowship.
Before finding my disciplinary home as a sociologist, I studied philosophy at the London School of Economics, education at UCL's Institute of Education, and economics at Swarthmore College. My research and teaching interests continue to be informed by these diverse fields.