I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2020, and I am currently Klarman Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University, in the Sociology department. Starting in Fall 2022, I will be joining the University of Chicago's Department of Comparative Human Development as Assistant Professor.
My research is situated in the fields of: international migration; refugee studies; law & society; political sociology; gender; children, youth, & the life-course; and families. I study the legal and political struggles that lie at the heart of classifying migration flows, how immigration laws shape people's lives, and how children differ from adults as migratory actors and legal subjects in their own right. My research has been generously funded by several agencies, including the National Science Foundation, and has been published in the journals Social Problems, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and Ethnic and Racial Studies, as well as in book chapters and policy reports.
My forthcoming book (University of California Press) is an ethnography of the experiences of Central American unaccompanied minors and their immigration attorneys as they pursue applications for refugee status in the US asylum process.
I recently started two new exiting collaborative projects on migration decision-making, family, and the life-course using Mexican Migration Project Data (with Dr. Filiz Garip, Princeton) and on determinants of case outcomes for unaccompanied minors in U.S. Immigration Court using administrative data compiled by TRAC (with Tatiana Padilla, Cornell).
Before this, I worked for non-profits and was a policy analyst for the Italian National Contact Point of the European Migration Network.