I am a PhD student in the Sociology Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. My research examines the creation and reproduction of inequality in the mental health and legal fields using both quantitative and qualitative methods. I am especially interested in how social class/social status operate in these two fields.
My dissertation, “Suicide Survival Narratives: How Social Class, Gender, LGBTQ Status, and Race Affect Survivors’ Cultural Narratives about Suicide Experiences,” examines how social identities shape cultural narratives about suicide experiences. Using in-depth interviews with survivors of suicide, I am investigating (a) how individuals' cultural narratives about suicide differ across social identities, (b) how these cultural narratives relate to individuals' suicide experiences and post-suicide lives--i.e. their relationships, work, health, and housing, and (c) how these narratives can inform suicide prevention and post-vention strategies. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation, UMass Graduate School, and American Sociological Association Culture Section.
My research is published in Social Science & Medicine, Law & Society Review, and Sociological Perspectives. I also serve as the Editorial Assistant for the Law & Society Review and a 2020-2021 Graduate Fellow for the UMass Center for Justice, Law, & Societies.