Born and raised in New Jersey, I currently live in Albany NY where I am an Associate Professor of Sociology at SUNY Albany. I received my PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2007 and worked at Kent State University until moving to Albany in 2011. Along with Everyday Illegal: When Policies Undermine Immigrant Families, I wrote the award-winning book Divided by Borders: Mexican Migrants and their Children (University of California Press 2010) about parents and children living apart due to international migration. I am also co-editor of Family and Work in Everyday Ethnography (Temple University Press 2013) with essays about the work-family balances of social science researchers.
I consider myself an ethnographer of family life, and my research focuses on the ways migratory patterns and families’ decisions about work and child care affect children. My research projects, conducted in both Mexico and in the United States, prioritize child-centered approaches. My written work explores the themes of gender, work-family balance, child care, transnational ties, context-specific settlement patterns and return migration. My scholarship also focuses on family conflicts, as experienced by the families I have interviewed, and by qualitative researchers and academics more broadly—like myself.
My most recent research addresses the impacts of enforcement policies on families. My article “The Burden of Deportation on Children in Mexican Immigrant Families” (Journal of Marriage and Family 2012) received the Best Paper Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association in 2013.
You can see my cv and learn more about my academic credentials at the UAlbany website.