About Me


I am a PhD candidate in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. I spent the winter and spring of 2017 as a visiting graduate student scholar at the Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis, earned my MPA from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and completed my Bachelor’s degree at Miami University. My research interests include child and family policy, health policy, low-wage work, social safety net programs, poverty and social inequality, and work-family policy.

My dissertation has been funded by the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-being and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy.  I spent the summer of 2015 as a Summer Fellow at Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, New Jersey, was selected to participate in the Fragile Families and Child Well-Being Data Workshop at Columbia University, and was an AcademyHealth Presidential Scholarship recipient for my work studying child health policy issues. Outside of my PhD program, I previously worked with Elmcrest Children’s Center in Syracuse, New York, a multi-service treatment and education center for children with emotional, behavioral, and psychiatric disturbances. I have also been a policy analyst for Indiana Public Policy Institute where I was involved in projects related to homelessness and education, and a research associate at the Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs and Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity at Miami University.

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