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I am an associate professor of Government and Public Policy at Cornell University. I am Senior Associate Dean for Public Engagement at the Brooks School of Public Policy, co-director of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, co-director of the Politics of Race, Immigration, Class and Ethnicity (PRICE)​ initiative, and board chair of the Cornell Prison Education Program.

I study poverty, race/ism and public policy in the United States. My research investigates the ways public policy and political institutions shape the material and political lives of economically and racially marginalized denizens, as well as the ways that members of such groups gain power to affect policy and politics.


Prior to working at Cornell, I was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at the University of Michigan (2011-2013). I received a PhD from the University of Chicago (2011) and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University (2003).

Named  one of Vox's Future Perfect 50 "scientists, thinkers, scholars, writers, and activists building a more perfect future."

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