I am a sociologist of education specializing in inequality, race and youth-led research. My research program comprises two lines of inquiry: the institutionalization of inequality, and youth-led research for social transformation.
I completed my PhD at University of Toronto in 2015. My doctoral thesis, Behind and Beyond the Ivy: How Schools Produce Elites Through the Bodies of Racial Others, reveals how elite preparatory schools and students leverage global racial hierarchies to consolidate elite status. Drawing from ethnographic and archival data, I demonstrate how elite schools use diversity initiatives and volunteer abroad programs to sell whiteness.
From 2015 to 2017 I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Youth Research Lab of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto where I facilitated a youth participatory action research project with secondary school students. From this project I co-founded and am presently a Mentoring Editor of in:cite, an open-access, peer-reviewed youth research journal led by a youth editorial team.
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Educational Science at Bielefeld University where I am developing a faculty-wide internationalization strategy and am researching streaming in German public schools.
I am a former elite preparatory school social sciences teacher and Director of Equity and Diversity/International Students.