As Research Coordinator for the Department of Sociology and the Assistant Director of Training for the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE), I support graduate and undergraduate students in their research from the development stage to publication. I am available to consult on papers/dissertations/theses, presentations, applications for grant proposals and fellowships, and all aspects of career development. I am also an Affiliate of the West Coast Poverty Center.
Research Overview: My research interests span sociology of the life course and the family, inequality, demography, and methods and statistics. My work generally focuses on the interrelationships of family, gender, work and income, and the methodological problems that arise when analyzing non-experimental data. I have also published on the implications of World War II mobilization on the work lives of middle class men, with Glen Elder. An ongoing project with Tara Becker examines how well people know their spouse or partner's earnings. This assessment will have implications for theories that implicitly assume individuals know their partner's earnings or wages, which include many models of marriage and the distribution of paid and unpaid labor within families. A project with Blaine Robbins uses randomized vignettes to examine norms regarding marriage. One objective is to assess variation in norms that could have generated the large race and class differences in the prevalence of marriage and out of wedlock childbearing. Another objective is to assess whether there is a norm that couples ought not to marry under certain economic conditions, as suggested by qualitative research.
Mentoring and Teaching: In Sociology, I work with students through seminars and workshops devoted to the development and completion of the master's thesis. I have taught graduate seminars in Family and Gender Relations, and Marriage, Gender and Economic Interrelationships. I have taught Sociology of the Family to large undergraduate classes, and Marriage and the Family for honors students and First Year Interest Groups. In CSDE, I regularly coordinate the Population Proseminar and the seminar on Research Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Research.
Biography: After receiving a BSc in Biometry and Statistics from Cornell University I worked for the Undercount Research Staff of the US Bureau of the Census. I later obtained an MA in Demography and Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from the University of Pennsylvania. I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carolina Population Center of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Washington, and the Associate Director for Training of the University of Wisconsin's Center for Demography an Ecology.