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Research Interests

Medical Sociology

Life Course & Aging

Public Health



Hearing Loss

Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook

New Zealand



University of Michigan

Bachelor of Arts

Social Anthropology

Dual sociology and anthropology concentration with a focus in medical anthropology


Columbia University

Master of Public Health

Sociomedical Sciences


Certificate in Public Health Research Methods


Duke University

Master of Arts


Expected 2021

Duke University

Doctor of Philosophy



Before embarking on the Ph.D. journey, I was a Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Under the supervision of Dr. Konstantina Stankovic, I designed and conducted a survey-based study of how people disclose their hearing loss to others.

I then received an M.P.H. in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University with a certificate in Public Health Research Methods. My thesis was supervised by Drs. Corinne Kirchner and Konstantina Stankovic.

Now, I am in my final year of a doctoral program in Sociology at Duke University, where I specialize in medical sociology and demography under the supervision of Drs. Scott Lynch and Jen'nan Read (co-chairs). My dissertation is organized into 3 chapters that address related theoretical questions regarding stress proliferation and disability over the life course using longitudinal, nationally representative data.

I am also a research and teaching assistant for Dr. Jen'nan G. Read at Duke University. With Dr. Read, I have worked on grant projects for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Duke Population Research Institute, and the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. Our projects have used data from the American Community Survey to disaggregate the White, Black, and Arab populations to better understand health within groups.

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