I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Nuffield College and the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford. Last year I received a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.
My research is broadly concerned with the implications of interrelationships among "the state," "market," and "family" for individuals in families and addresses issues highlighted in several areas of research, including work and gender, elderly care, health, the sociology of the family, disability, and family and long-term care policy.
Within these general areas, I am currently pursuing two streams of research. In the first I examine the implications of different family policy regimes and family situations for women's and their partners' autonomy, which I conceptualize as their freedom to choose between employment and homemaking as potentially alternative means of self-fulfillment and economic independence. My second research area is concerned with how older adults' caregiving arrangements have changed across time, across cohorts, and over the course of their lives. I am interested in both factors that account for trends in the structure of older adults' caregiving arrangements, including changes in family relationships and long-term care policy, and outcomes associated with these changes.