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.

My research interests include: international migration; refugee studies; law & society; political sociology; gender; children, youth, & the life-course; and families. 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.

At the moment, I am writing a book (under contract with University of California press) based on my ethnographic research on the experiences of Central American unaccompanied minors  who apply for refugee status in the US asylum process.

I also recently started two new exiting collaborative projects on migration decision-making, family, and the life-course using MMP Data (with Dr. Filiz Garip, Princeton) and on determinants of case outcomes for unaccompanied minors in U.S. Immigration Court using TRAC data (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.