I’m an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Loyola University Chicago. In my research, I examine how racially marginalized groups strategically use available resources to circumvent, respond to, and/or engage with structural inequalities. Given my interests, I focus on three major areas: a) marginalized communities access to public goods through an interrogation of trust relationships, social cohesion, and civic engagement, b) the use of racial and class-based narratives to inform local public decisions, and c) the playful reimagination of public place that centers Black and Brown individuals in the public sphere. 

I received my doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of California Berkeley in Sociology, and my bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Latin American & Latina/o Studies with a focus on literature and history. I have received several national awards and fellowships, including from the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Citizens & Scholars (previously the Woodrow Wilson Foundation), the NASEM Ford Foundation, and the MMUF program. 

I absolutely love working with others committed to creating a more joyful and socially just world for all of us.