I am a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder and a graduate research assistant at the CU Population Center in the Institute of Behavioral Science. My research and teaching interests include population health, social demography, and quantitative methods.
My dissertation research is on the use of induction of labor and cesarean section deliveries (i.e., obstetric interventions) in the United States. I argue that the combination of risk discourse (i.e., fear of being labeled as “high risk”), the medicalization of birth (i.e., the need to “treat the birth”), and U.S. concern with reproduction of life has promoted the rising use of obstetric interventions in the United States. I further explore how different levels of social life act as moderators for how risk is navigated in obstetric care and argue that exposure to risk discourse, navigation of potentially risky medical outcomes, and medicalization practices might differ by the social and institutional contexts in which U.S. women live and navigate.
I've published on these, and other, topics in Demography, Population Research and Policy Review, Biodemography and Social Biology, International Journal of Epidemiology, and Maternal and Child Health Journal.