I am a social demographer who focuses primarily on migration and family processes. My work has been directed at the intersection of migration and the family life course and the extent to which migration alters educational and labor force trajectories and influences the timing and patterns of family formation. I am also interested in the importance of migration for intergenerational relationships and living arrangements. Although migration figures prominently in the family life course of many people throughout the world, there is limited understanding of how these dynamics influence the lives of children and adolescents beyond the impact on household economies. The FAMELO project, with support from a grant from NICHD, is collecting data on children’s social development, education and transitions to adulthood in three different countries to assess how migration may be an important factor in shaping these outcomes. I am also working on related projects that are designed to understand how migration changes individual’s interactions with physical and socio-political environments.
Demography; Immigration and Incorporation; Families, Relationships and Interpersonal Networks
- Ph.D., Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin, 1997
- M.A., Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin, 1993
- B.A., Sociology, Minor in Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 1991