I am currently a doctoral candidate in sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill, and a T32-funded biosocial trainee at the Carolina Population Center. Starting in the summer of 2023, I will be a T32-funded postdoctoral researcher at the Duke Aging Center in the Duke University School of Medicine.
As an interdisciplinary health scholar, I am broadly interested in how social institutions and contexts affect individual processes of stress and aging, and ultimately contribute to large-scale health inequities. My research interests have motivated a variety of studies examining health inequities stemming from interactions and exposures within neighborhoods, families, occupations, universities, the criminal justice system, and religious organizations.
My research is published in peer-reviewed outlets such as Social Forces, Demography, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Society and Mental Health, Race and Justice, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, and Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, among others. My studies have also won awards and are featured in New York Times, Psychology Today, Christianity Today, and Newsweek.
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 drummed and toured in punk bands, worked as a line cook in commercial kitchens, and studied philosophy. My current favorite quote is from Michel de Montaigne, and roughly translates to: "Even on the highest throne in the world, we are still only sitting on our asses."