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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, racism, and public policy in the United States. My research investigates the ways public policy and political institutions shape the material and political lives of people who are economically and racially marginalized—and the ways that members of such groups gain power to affect policy.


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

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