My fundamental research interest is examining the causes and consequences of inequality. Using the quantitative methods of applied microeconomics and the contextual approach of political economy alongside interdisciplinary frameworks, I am especially interested in understanding the contradictory roles that institutions, such as education and the carceral state, serve in perpetuating inequality and upholding racial capitalism.

Works in Progress

“Carceral Schools and College Expectations: Evidence from the National Crime Victimization Survey School Crime Supplement”
Revise & Resubmit

“Schooling in Racial Capitalist America: Towards a Political Economy of Education and the Carceral State”

“The Mark of School Discipline: Testing the Role of School Suspensions in College Application Decisions and Admissions”

“An Intersectional Approach to Occupational Crowding in New Orleans” with Insight Center for Community Economic Development, Oakland, CA


Dissertation Research

Title: Three Essays on the Political Economy and Economics of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Chair: Dania V. Francis (Economics and Afro-American Studies)

Member: Michael Ash (Economics)

Outside Member: Kathryn McDermott (Education & Public Policy)