I am a PhD candidate in 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.
“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)
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