Office Hours for Winter 2017 :
- Winter 2017: Mon. 10:00-12:00
- Ph.D., Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University, 2009
- B.A., Sociology, Johns Hopkins University, 2003
•Sociology of Education: schooling and stratification; early childhood achievement gaps; disability and special education disparities; links between schooling and demographic change
•Migration: stratification among children of immigrants; impacts of international and domestic migration on educational policy and practice
Much of my current research focuses on large-scale immigration's consequences for children, schools, and communities. I am particularly interested in community-level effects: the consequences of living and attending school in an immigrant-rich community versus one with lower historical immigration levels. Specific projects in this thread include examinations of cross-community discrepancies in immigrant children's disability identification, neighborhood influences on Mexican American immigrant children's academic achievement, and historical trends in migration and public school funding in the U.S.. With support from the William T. Grant Foundation, I am conducting a series of studies examining cross-community variation in the formation and implementation of policies designed to increase access to special education, English acquisition, and gifted/talented education services among children of immigrants.
I am also currently conducting research that expands my focus on early educational inequalities to examine racial/ethnic disparities in young children's academic self-efficacy. In addition, I am adapting theories of organizational deviance to identify predictors of educator cheating on standardized accountability tests.