About

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Weatherhead Scholars Program at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, where I am an affiliate of the Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion. In 2019-20, I was a Visiting Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I received my PhD in Sociology from Brown University in 2020.

In academic and public-facing writing, I make connections between urban inequalities and the political challenges for democracy that confront societies across the globe. My research asks: Why are some cities more unequal than others? Why do government institutions reproduce or reduce urban inequalities? When and how does democracy transform the organizational resources available to racialized and economic groups who aim to exploit or overcome urban inequalities?

My current book project compares the divergent politics of distributing urban public goods — housing, sanitation, and transportation — in two mega-cities after transitions to democracy: Johannesburg, South Africa, and São Paulo, Brazil. Between 2016 and 2020, research for this book was supported by successive, peer-reviewed grants and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and the Brazilian Studies Association. In 2021, this work was selected for an honorable mention by the Latin American Studies Association’s Brazil Section for the Sérgio Buarque de Holanda Prize for Best Dissertation in the Social Sciences.

Academic writing has been published or is forthcoming in Social Forces, City & Community, International Journal of Urban & Regional Research, International Development Planning Review, and Environment & Urbanization. I have also published essays in public-facing outlets including the Boston Review, Bloomberg’s CityLab, the Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage (2x), The Conversation (3x), and the Atlantic Council, as well letters in the Financial Times (6x), The Economist, and the New Yorker. In addition to my doctorate, I received a Masters in City Planning from MIT and a BA in History, with high honors, from Swarthmore College.