University of Wisconsin–Madison

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing and the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. I completed my PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2018.

My research, which has been published in Journal of Marriage and Family and Sociology of Education, aims to understand how inequalities evolve across the life course by gender, education, and race.

Much of my work considers how fertility timing and number of children affect women’s labor market participation and earnings. For example, are mothers especially likely to exit the labor force at their second child? Is variation in the wage penalties (or premiums) experienced by mothers with different fertility timing, numbers of children, and levels of education masked by estimating a single effect of motherhood for all? And, to what degree do growing educational differences in fertility timing affect rising income inequality across women?

Another line of my research considers how education and race interact with gender and women’s family formation patterns to shape gender inequality by race, and racial inequality within and across generations.

A third branch of my work studies intergenerational transmission of advantage, giving attention to how parental characteristics and family formation patterns affect children’s outcomes.

My findings add nuance to the conversation on work and family inequality by bringing attention to variation in family processes and labor market effects across demographic groups, the life course, and generations.