My research focuses on understanding how public policies create and shape inequalities and ideas of citizenship and belonging. Utilizing primarily ethnographic, historical, and other qualitative methods (such as interviews and content analysis), my work pays close attention to the role of context, ideology, process, and practice in shaping social policy. More generally, my goal is to understand policy feedback effects and explicate the contextual and micro-level political process that produce inequality in macro-level political and policy outcomes.

I investigate the interplay and feedback effects between politics and inequality across two broad empirical areas: economic and fiscal policy as well as race and immigration policy. While this work spans substantively different areas, much of this work explores variations of the same theme: that public policies create inequalities.


Economic & Tax Policy

Drawing on two years of ethnographic observations, 105 in-depth interviews with key actors, as well as archival and media analysis, my dissertation traces the development, outcomes, and eventual repeal of the 2012 Kansas tax cuts.


Race & Immigration

I have developed a second line of research on how immigration policies/politics shape inequalities.