I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. I received my PhD from Princeton’s Department of Sociology in January 2015, and was a 2016-2017 Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan. I previously taught in Bryn Mawr College’s Growth and Structure of Cities Department.
I study borders and boundaries; how they are created and remade as well as how they shape inequality in global settings. Focusing on both geo-physical attributes and socio-cultural dimensions, I have examined these processes as they relate to leisure migration, cultural politics, interracial intimacies, and legally plural, foreign-controlled places I call “global borderlands.”
My work has been published in Social Forces, Ethnography, Theory and Society, City & Community, Poetics, and International Journal of Comparative Sociology, among other outlets. I’ve also written for the Monkey Cage at the Washington Post, and Inside Higher Ed. I have received fellowships from the Institute of International Education (2006-2007 Fulbright Scholar to the Philippines), the National Science Foundation (2009-2012 Graduate Research Fellowship), and the American Sociological Association (2014 cohort, Minority Fellowship Program), and grants from the American Sociological Foundation and National Science Foundation (ASA Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline), and the Blum Initiative on Global and Regional Poverty (Faculty Research Seed Grant), among others