My research is concerned with how privilege is maintained, particularly in the face of policies aimed at leveling the playing field and other efforts to combat inequality. In my dissertation, I investigate how families at the top of the new social hierarchy in China are circumventing equalizing features of the highly competitive educational system to give their children an extra boost. In a separate project, I document how racial inequality is maintained in the U.S. through the racialized behaviors of even the most progressive white Americans. In addition, I am currently engaged in cross-national research on inequality in educational systems and am part of a research team developing a panel survey on parenting and pollution exposure in early childhood.
My work has been published in Identities, Comparative Education, and The China Quarterly and I have contributed to an edited book on urbanization and social change in China. I currently serve on the executive board of the Comparative and International Education Society’s East Asia SIG and am actively involved in the Education and Inequality research cluster at the University of Pennsylvania. Outside of my academic work, I am engaged in efforts to combat educational inequality though involvement in the Veterans Upward Bound Program.
I earned a B.A. in Anthropology and Government from Dartmouth College in 2010 and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Before graduate school, I worked as a high school teacher in Beijing.