I am currently a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development in the Duke University School of Medicine. Before this, I received my PhD in sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill and trained at the Carolina Population Center.
I research how social and community contexts generate inequities in stress, health, and aging between different racial-ethnic and socioeconomic groups. My work synthesizes cutting-edge, interdisciplinary population health science with longstanding traditions in medical sociology; the sociology of race, inequality, and the life course; and community and urban sociology. Most of my work these days is focused on how structural racism contributes to persistent Black-White health inequities in the United States.
My work has been published in general social science journals like Social Forces, Demography, and Population Research and Policy Review. I also publish in population health journals like Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, Society and Mental Health, Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, and Sleep Health. My work on stress-coping processes among religious communities is published in interdisciplinary religion journals like Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Review of Religious Research, and Journal of Religion and Health. My research has won multiple awards from the American Sociological Association. My studies have also been featured in major news outlets like The New York Times, Newsweek, and Yahoo! News.
When I'm not working, I'm cooking and writing music with my partner, Allison, and taking walks with our rescue mutt, Stewart. In past lives, I toured in punk bands, worked as a line cook in commercial kitchens, and studied philosophy.