I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University, with a concentration in Sociology and minor in Demography. My research is primarily focused on how health and social policies have evolved in the U.S. and how the safety net impacts people’s lives. I also study gender and family, with a focus on changes to modern American union formation, with articles published in Population Research and Policy Review and Journal of Marriage and Family.
My dissertation examines the Community Health Center (CHC) program, an often-overlooked safety net institution that now serves more than 29 million predominantly low-income Americans. To understand the historical, spatial, and social aspects of this federal program, I use a mixed-methods approach through combining three original data collection efforts: (1) historical datasets on the location and funding of health centers, (2) in-depth interviews with health center patients and providers, and (3) primary documents gathered from eight presidential libraries to compare the political history of the CHC program with Medicaid.
My dissertation research has received grants from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, the Fahs Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation, the Cornell Center for the Study of Inequality, and the Cornell Office of Engagement Initiatives, and recently won the APPAM Best Comparative Policy Paper Award.
You can view my CV here.
PhD Candidate in Policy Analysis and Management, 2018-Present
MA in Policy Analysis and Management, 2018
BA in Sociology, 2012