Research

The broad aim of my research is to better understand the sources and implications of social divisions. I am working toward this goal through a number of projects that examine residential and criminal justice system contexts, ethno-racial and gender-based inequalities, and attitudes about how we respond to social issues.

In my masters thesis, I researched whether and how the attitudes about criminal punishment of four groups–Black men, Black women, White men, and White women–vary according to county arrest rates. This work was published in Social Science Research.

In my dissertation, I examine residential mobility processes for housing voucher users living with children. Specifically, I will conduct 40 semi-structured interviews to unpack several features of these individuals’ residential experience: 1) residential histories, 2) the push-pull factors associated with recent mobility experiences, and 3) the factors that limited and the strategies that facilitated householders’ recent ability to “lease up.” I will examine how these factors vary according to the type of move, by talking with those who stay in place, those who move within the same public housing authority jurisdiction, and those who move across agency boundaries.

I am also involved with a number of collaborative research projects. Concretely, I am working with UW faculty and graduate students to explore 1) the residential implications of paternal incarceration (now under journal review), 2) race, gender, and relationship status differences in residential mobility trends over time, 3) ethnoracial variation in the relationship between the expectation to move residences and actual mobility, 4) landlord attitudes and practices in a tight and increasingly regulated housing market, and 5) residential mobility and neighborhood conditions for voucher users in the U.S.

Additionally, I have been part of a number of university-community research collaborations. Recently, I was part of a team from the UW Department of Sociology working with the King County and Seattle Housing Authorities to better understand the residential mobility patterns of local households using Housing Choice Voucher subsidies. Currently, I am working on the Seattle Rental Housing Market Study, an independent study conducted by the UW Department of Sociology and commissioned by the City of Seattle to better understand how renters and landlords are navigating the private rental market. I am also supporting UW-Tacoma faculty on the project, Mathematical Modeling with Cultural and Community Contexts, a multi-site NSF study that partners with elementary schools to investigate the integration of community-oriented math modeling into 3rd-5th grade curricula.