I have an eclectic/elastic interest in sociological and demographic questions around family, health & mortality, and social inequality. I am interested in how societies differ in who lives with whom, who gets how much of the good and bad stuff in life, and how (un)fortune in life is related to who your family are.
Here are some recent projects that I continue to work on while I'm developing some new lines of research as well:
In FAMSIZEMATTERS, an ERC-funded project of which I was the PI, we study various questions about the link between family size and (the reproduction of) social inequalities.
CritEvents - Critical Life Events and the Dynamics of Inequality - was a Norface ERA-NET funded project, part of DIAL, with partners in Amsterdam (Leopold PI), Lausanne, Florence, and Stockholm. We studied how the risk of and vulnerability to critical events - union dissolution and job loss - is socially patterned, how this has changed over time, and which social policies are relevant for these associations.
The Global Family Change project, spearheaded from Penn with partners in Oxford (Nuffield), CED/Barcelona, McGill/Montreal and Bocconi/Milan, explores the complex ways in which families are changing across low and middle-income countries
Research Areas: Social Inequality, Demography, Population Studies, Family Sociology, Health and Well-Being, Quantitative Methods.
I have had the privilege to work with wonderful students and postdoctoral researchers over the years.