Research

I am a sociologist of everyday life. I am interested in the reproduction of inequality across the life course. Specifically, I examine when, how and why time scarcity emerges — along with the ways in which it is shaped by social network, neighborhood and sociodemographic characteristics — in order to delineate the mechanisms linking sociotemporal disparities and inequalities in well-being.

I specialize in incorporating a mixed methods approach. I combine multiple qualitative methods (ethnography, in-depth and life story interviews) with demographic methods (surveys and statistical estimation techniques). Situating time in the lived experience of my participants allows me to construct respondent-driven time scarcity measures, compare crude rates and build hazard models. 

By conceptualizing time as a fluid, network-based, relational process — grounded in the lived experiences of individuals as they navigate different geographic, economic, institutional and familial contexts — I show how time scarcity is experienced, negotiated and internalized through everyday interaction.

I ask:

  • What happens when we run out of time? 

  • What are the consequences of time scarcity for well-being?

 

One area of my research explores how socioeconomic and demographic characteristics affect the resource of time. Here, I trace how time scarcity emerges, along with how individuals navigate and make sense of the experience. I show that the well-being repercussions of time scarcity depend not only on individual actions, but also on the differing neighborhood and institutional environments privileged and disadvantaged individuals must contend with. A portion of this work has appeared in Time and Society.

 

A second area of my research focuses on the relationship between migration as it matters for both the resource and the social experience of time. I am especially interested in the experiences of migrants from developing countries. Here, I examine how physical distance between the generations shapes both temporal and economic resource exchanges. This work has appeared in Research on Aging.

 

The third area of my research examines the reciprocal relationship between the social experience of time and individual and collective emotions. My in-progress book unpacks how time scarcity matters for the well-being of both the rich and the poor. I show – from the perspective of my participants  – that the socioemotional experience of time scarcity has distinct class-based macro-level consequences.  

My work contributes to sociological theory by uncovering some of the mechanisms linking sociotemporal disparities to inequalities in well-being. Through a careful utilization of a mixed-methods approach, my research connects the individual-level subjective experience and social patterning of time with sociodemographic, institutional, and neighborhood-level factors, informing the literature on stratification and social inequality. Methodologically, by situating time scarcity in the lived experience of individuals at multiple points over the life course, my research informs the existing literature on measuring time scarcity.

I have also conducted research on: time as a resource in public schools in the United States, ethnic segregation and time availability, gender inequality and the pace of life around the world, conceptualizing socioeconomic rights in South Africa, and exploring the trajectories of 'aged-out' foster youth in the United States. 

2021 Presentations & Talks

International Sociological Association 

February 23-28

Class and Retirement

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Cross-National Aging Studies

Skills

Python (NumPy, Scikit-Learn, Pandas)

R (TraMineR, ggplot2, hclust, glm)

STATA

SPSS

NVivo

MAXQDA

Methods

Regression

Digital Demography

Population Projections

Survival Analysis

Network Analysis

Focus Groups

Ethnography

Survey & In-depth Interview Design

Participant Observation