I study intergroup relations across migration status and ethnoracial background. My research applies social network and demographic methods to understand how relationships, developed at both the interpersonal and institutional levels, create group divides, affect the distribution of resources, and contribute to social inequality. In my current projects, I examine 1) host-society/immigrant relations and their long-term effects on the educational integration of immigrant youth, 2) friends’ influence on adolescents’ attitudes toward intergroup contact, and 3) friendship and co-activity network structures and their implications for ethnoracial segregation and immigrant integration in a school context.
I am a 5th year ABD student in the Sociology Ph.D. program at the University of California, Irvine. I completed my B.A. in Psychology (summa cum laude) at Vanderbilt University in 2013 before traveling and living abroad through the competitive Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. I entered the Ph.D. program in 2016 and earned a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in the following year to pursue my research on the integration of the children of immigrants. In 2019, I attained an M.A. in Social Sciences with a concentration in Demographic and Social Analysis. Through my international experience and background as a 1.5 generation immigrant, I develop a keen interest in understanding the social determinants of intergroup relations and their consequences for the children of immigrants and those with diverse ethnoracial background. My methodological expertise involves quantitative methods, social network analysis, and demographic analysis.