Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor and Axilrod Faculty Fellow in the in the Department of Sociology and the Graduate Group in Demography at the University of Pennsylvania, where I am also a Research Associate in the Penn Population Studies Center and Population Aging Research Center. I earned my PhD in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I was also a trainee at the Carolina Population Center. My research focuses primarily on the social determinants of population health inequality, with particular attention to the social factors producing racial and socioeconomic health inequities. Utilizing biomarkers of physiological functioning and cellular aging and a variety of analytic techniques, my work aims to improve scientific understanding how macro-level social inequality “gets under the skin” to produce health disparities from birth through late life. Currently, I am engaged in several projects that examine how racial disparities in stress in various domains of social life (e.g., in neighborhoods, in contacts with the criminal justice system, in interpersonal interactions, etc.) and racial gaps in socioeconomic resources and opportunities contribute to population health patterns. I have also collaborated on projects that assess how access to social relationships and exposure to relationship strain contribute to disparities in health and disease risk. My research has been published in Social Science and Medicine, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, The Journals of Gerontology, Biodemography and Social Biology,  the Journal of Aging and Health, and Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention. I was the recipient of the Odum Award for research excellence from the Sociology Department at UNC. I also served as an Associate Editor of Social Forces.