I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Government. I am the Co-Director of the Inequality and Policy Research Center and the Institute for Democratic Renewal.
My research incorporates theoretical and methodological principles from economics, demography, psychology, and public health to study the political causes and consequences of socioeconomic, gender, and racial disparities in health.
I investigate how political actors and institutions, such as presidents and political parties, influence health outcomes like premature mortality, and how these health outcomes in turn determine political processes such as policy-making and electoral results.
An important component of my research is the disentangling of the underlying causal mechanisms through which the early disappearance of the poor masks the true detrimental effects of social stratification and political inequality.
I received master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from UCLA. I had a postdoctoral fellowship at the Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.