I am a PhD candidate in Wendy M. Laybourn sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. My research centers on the relationship between racial ideology, racial stratification, and identity formation and the challenges and possibilities people have in reshaping racial meanings. In order to examine these questions, I investigate proximate social structures, such as family, support groups, and social organizations, as well as cultural production. My dissertation research examines the effects of ideologies about race, family, and national belonging on Korean adoptee identity formation. In doing so, I draw upon an online survey (N=107), in-depth interviews (N=37), and participant observation (18 months).

In addition to my dissertation research, I, along with a co-author, have a book manuscript (under contract), which examines racial boundary making and racial identity formation among non-Black members of historically Black Greek letter organizations.

Presently, I serve as the graduate student coordinator for the Department of Sociology’s Critical Race Initiative.


Recent Publications

“The cost of being ‘real’: black authenticity, colorism, and Billboard Rap Chart rankings.” Ethnic & Racial Studies

“‘You’re either one of us or you’re not’: Racial Hierarchy and Non-Black Members of Black Greek-Letter Organizations.” Sociology of Race & Ethnicity  (with Devon R. Goss and Matthew W. Hughey)

Recent Awards

Milton Dean Havron Social Sciences Award

The Graduate School All-S.T.A.R Fellowship

Dean’s Research Initiative Grant

Ramon J. Henkel Quantitative Research Fellowship

Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity Dissertation Research Grant

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