I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. My research focuses on understanding the challenges faced by disadvantaged children and youth and the ways that communities and community organizations support young people to be healthy and successful. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, I have conducted research in multiple fields, including: K-12 and post-secondary education, health and wellness, afterschool programs, welfare reform, the digital divide and children's living arrangements. My research has been published in numerous journals, edited volumes, and policy briefs as well as presented at professional conferences, in community forums and in legislative testimony.
K-12 and postsecondary education; children, youth and families; social policy; health and well-being; social inequality; cross-sector analyses; community-engaged research; quantitative methods; mixed methods
I am currently working on a book about reforming elementary school recess, forthcoming from Harvard Education Press in fall 2019.
1996 – Ph.D., Human Development and Social Policy Program, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University
1993 – M.A. Economics, Northwestern University
1990 – B.A., Economics, University of Michigan
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