I study the politics of poverty, race and public policy in the United States. My research investigates the ways public policy and political institutions shape the material and political lives of economically and racially marginalized denizens, as well as the ways that members of such groups affect policy and politics.

As an engaged scholar, I co-lead the Finger Lakes chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network, an organization focused on bringing academic research to policymakers, civil associations, and the media. I am chair of the advisory board of the Cornell Prison Education Program and I teach in local correctional facilities. Prior to working at Cornell, I was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at the University of Michigan. I received a PhD from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University.