I will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Graduate Group in Demography at the University of Pennsylvania starting in July 2017. I will also be a Research Associate in the Penn Population Studies Center. I recently graduated with a PhD in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I was also a trainee at the Carolina Population Center.  My research interests include the social determinants of population health inequality, with a particular focus on racial health inequities.  Much of my work assesses how macro-level social inequality “gets under the skin” to produce health disparities across the life course. I am currently engaged in several projects that examine how racism-related stress in various domains of social life (e.g., in neighborhoods, in contacts with the criminal justice system, and in interpersonal interactions) contributes to racial disparities in biomarkers of health and aging. My research has been published in Social Science and Medicine, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Journal of Aging and Health. I was the recipient of the Odum Award for research excellence from the Sociology Department at UNC. I also served as an Associate Editor of Social Forces.

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