Research

The broad aim of my research is 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, ethnoracial 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 am examining the concept, predictors, and long-term implications of childhood housing context. I am currently working on two related papers: “Micro and Housing Market Predictors of Housing Disadvantage for Households with Children” and “The Adolescent Psychosocial Outcomes of Childhood Housing Disadvantage.”

I am also involved with a number of collaborative research projects. To start, I  am working with UW faculty and graduate students to explore 1) the residential implications of paternal incarceration (now under journal review), 2) race and gender 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) mixed-methods research to address broad questions about residential processes.

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 local schools to investigate the integration of community-oriented math modeling into 3rd-5th grade curricula.