About me

I received my B.A. in Honors and Sociology from Villanova University and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.  I joined the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Lafayette College in 2004.  Prior to coming to Lafayette, I conducted research in Baltimore as part of the Moving To Opportunity Qualitative Study, during which time I was affiliated with Princeton University’s Center for Research on Child Wellbeing as a post-doctoral fellow.

I am a qualitative sociologist who primarily researches inequalities related to race and ethnicity, class, and gender in America.  My current research is on fantasy sports in America, focusing on how male and female fantasy sports players think about and experience traditional season-long fantasy sports, through a survey and qualitative, in-depth interviews.

My previous scholarship has centered on the views and experiences of poor women as they navigate a post-welfare reform safety net, high-poverty neighborhoods, and low-wage employment.  My work also has addressed the views of nonprofit organizations confronting devolutionary social welfare policies and their efforts to help poor women and their families.  In addition, I have recent publications that investigate poor women’s social capital after moving and the influence of neighborhood factors on poor women’s mental health.

I am currently Editor-in-Chief (with Julie Kmec, Washington State University) of the journal Sociology Compass.

Research Interests:  Race, Class, and Gender; Women in Poverty; Sociology of Sport; The Welfare State; Social Policy; Nonprofit Organizations; Urban Sociology

Teaching Interests:  Social Inequality; Sociology of Poverty; Sociology of Sex and Gender; The Family; Sociology of Sport; The Welfare State; Introduction to Sociology; Sociological Theory; Qualitative Research Methods