I am a sociologist, with post-doctoral training in social demography. I received my BA in Sociology and Psychology (1999) from the University of Pennsylvania, and MA (2004) and PhD (2008) in Sociology from Harvard University. I spent two years as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow at the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania where I acquired my training in racial/ethnic health disparities and maternal child health.
I am currently employed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology at McGill University. In addition to my primary affiliation in the Department of Sociology, I am also a Full Member of the Centre on Population Dynamics at McGill University and a Research Affiliate of the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
My previous work has been on the spatial assimilation of immigrants, particularly black African immigrants, in the United States and Ireland. My current research encompasses (i) migration and health (with a focus on immigrant maternal and infant health), (ii) pregnancy outcomes among racial and ethnic minorities, and (iii) the relationship between racial discrimination and health. I am also interested in the role that neighborhoods play in shaping health outcomes for racial/ethnic minorities. To this end, my research has examined the association between infant health and neighborhood racial diversity, ethnic and immigrant enclaves, and racial residential segregation.
I continue to work on, and am interested in, various aspects of migration and immigrants’ integration in Canada, the United States, and Western Europe. For example, one current project examines the individual- and neighborhood-level determinants of discrimination for immigrants and visible minorities in Canada as well as the consequences of discrimination for migrants’ and minorities’ sense of community belonging. I am also the faculty organizer of the Immigration, Race and Ethnicity (IRE) workshop at McGill which aims to provide an interdisciplinary, intellectual home for faculty, graduate students, and researchers from local universities and research centers in Montreal who are interested in issues of international migration, race and ethnicity.