My work focuses on educational inequality and social justice. More specifically, I study how education policies, community characteristics, and familial background interplay in shaping student educational outcomes in the United States and across the world. I am especially interested in how these characteristics influence the educational achievement and attainment, and thus the assimilation trajectories, of immigrant youth. My more recent work also focuses on how universities’ commitments to rights protection and diversity, equity, and inclusion might affect students traditionally underrepresented in the academy. This work introduces the first measure of rights and inclusivity of 303 American universities and examines, through a series of observational and experimental studies, how campus rights and inclusivity climate might affect college students. Methodologically, I am interested in research design and causal inference with observational data.
My research has been published or is forthcoming in Sociological Science; Sociological Perspectives, British Journal of Sociology of Education; Socius; The Social Science Journal; Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education; Globalisation, Societies and Education; European Education; PLOS One; and the International Journal of Sociology of Education.