I am a PhD candidate in Demography at Princeton University, where I am currently a Charlotte Elizabeth Proctor honorific fellow.
The broad focus of my research is understanding the origins and consequences of population health inequalities. I study health at various ages because many of these fundamental drivers of health inequality—race, nativity, socioeconomic status—operate at all stages of the life course. In addition to my work on health disparities, I have a line of research assessing measures of health and wellbeing at older ages, which contributes to our understanding of how to best operationalize health constructs. Specifically, I study how repeated measures of physical functioning predict mortality and examine their associations with mortality in diverse populations.
In part of my dissertation, I explore inequalities in health at birth by race, ethnicity, and immigrant generation using administrative birth records from Florida and California. I find that whether immigrants enjoy an initial health advantage and whether this advantage persists in subsequent generations is highly dependent on race and ethnicity. In another part of my dissertation, I study how changes in self-reported and performance-based measures of physical functioning predict mortality in older adults. In ongoing work, I examine occupational stratification as a potential source of health inequality in the population of older adults.
My work has appeared in the Journal of Adolescent Health and the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.