I am a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research lies at the intersection of place-making, homeownership, rights to urban space, and urban inequality. I investigate how neighborhoods are produced, how communities understand and enact rights to urban space, and how these processes function to generate, maintain, or moderate neighborhood inequality. My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Regional and International Studies, the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, and the Fulbright-Hays Program.
Prior to graduate school, I was a Fulbright Student Scholar in Mexico City where I conducted research on urbanization and squatter movements in the city during the late 20th century. For several years, I also coordinated research, educational outreach, and organizing efforts related to international labor recruitment and temporary employment visas at the Centro de los Derechos del Migrante in Mexico City. I have also been involved in community and labor organizing with USAS.
I am originally from Seattle, Washington, and I enjoy being creative and exploring the outdoors in my spare time.