Transformations in contemporary American statecraft have altered the ways in which social services are disseminated across the population. Now, a multifaceted and decentralized system of private, nonprofit, and public organizations shape how and to whom social supports are available and accessible. I empirically examine how these complex institutional and organizational configurations are reshaping the lived experience of poverty and family life in a low-wage economy.
In my dissertation, "The Ecological Patterning and Effects of Child Care Markets", supported by the National Science Foundation and Brown University, I explore how the policies, practices, and politics of the child care market lead to divergent and inequitable access to care among mothers of young children, and the effects on mothers' employment trajectories, real and imagined.
I have previously examined how institutional constraints shape food banks' response to resource scarcity, work that is recently published in Social Problems and winner of the 2018 James Thompson Graduate Student Paper Award for the ASA Section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work. Results from this project are also forthcoming in a chapter in the edited volume: Food and Poverty: Food Insecurity and Food Sovereignty among America's Poor.