I am an assistant professor at McGill University. My research interests include immigration, race/ethnic relations, residential segregation, neighborhood effects, and racial/ethnic health disparities. My research broadly focuses on issues of immigrant adaptation in new and traditional immigrant-receiving countries in North America and Western Europe. I currently have three projects examining different aspects of immigrant integration. The first project assesses variations in adverse birth outcomes by nativity and country/region of origin among immigrants in the United States. Particular attention is paid to the effects of neighborhood characteristics on infant health. The second project examines the individual- and neighborhood-level determinants of immigrant perinatal health in Canada. This project is funded by a new investigator research grant from the Fonds de rechercer Quebec-Societe et culture (FRQSC) and an internal grant from the Arts Faculty Research Support Initiative. In a related second line of inquiry adverse birth outcomes and infant mortality among select immigrant groups in Canada are compared to comparable migrants in the United States and Europe to assess how contexts of reception and migrant selection influence perinatal health. Finally, my third project explores the association between new sources of collective threat and anti-immigrant prejudice in Western Europe. Initial funding for this project comes from an internal grant from the Social Sciences & Humanities Development Grants Program.
I received my BA in Sociology and Psychology (1999) from the University of Pennsylvania, and my MA (2004) and PhD (2008) in Sociology from Harvard University. I have additional doctoral training in social policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and postdoctoral training in social demography and racial/ethnic health disparities as a NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania.