Currently, my research is concerned with the formation of the “other”, focusing on attitudes toward religion and immigration. When possible, I use experimental methodology to directly test social theory. My work has been published in peer-reviewed journals in sociology, demography, public health, history, urban studies and political science. I participate in a number of externally funded research projects, both completed and ongoing, in health, identity, migration, fertility and domestic violence.
I teach a variety of courses, both graduate and undergraduate, on topics ranging from social theory to research design, statistics and quantitative methodology. I direct numerous undergraduate and masters theses and I currently have three PhD students of whom I am very fond.
I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a joint PhD in sociology and demography. Before accepting my current position in the Department of Political and Social Science at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 2010, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Office of Population Research at Princeton University.