I am a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, affiliated and trained by the Center for Demography and Ecology and the Institute for Research on Poverty.

I use both qualitative and quantitative methods to study family relationships, responsibilities, and media use in low-income families in the U.S.

My dissertation research focuses on the classed dynamics of family media use. Using multiple methods – statistical analysis of nationally representative survey data, participant observation, time-use surveys of participants in low- and middle-income families, and discourse analysis – I investigate how low- and middle-income families use media differently, how the meaning the make out of media use varies, and how the “screen time” discourse is classed, gendered, and racialized. This dissertation work was recently funded by the ASA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. My other current research focuses on daughters’ responsibilities in low-income white families and the role of parent-child relationships in child wellbeing.

Interest Areas: Class, Family, Gender, Media

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