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I grew up in West Philly. From the age of ten I attended magnet schools where I met and made friends with kids from neighborhoods across the city. The divergent outcomes of the children in my neighborhood and the kids I met from other neighborhoods through the magnet schools I attended confounded me as a young child. I came to see how their destinies were shaped by the intersection of racial identity, gender, class and social structures. Those early experiences played no small part in sparking my sociological imagination and my interest in studying issues of inequality related to race, class and gender. Exploring these intersections and how they impact one’s experiences, beliefs, practices and opportunities drives my research and teaching. 





Columbia University, School of Law, J.D.



Bryn Mawr College, B.A.

Sociology with Honors, Minor in Africana Studies


University of Caifornia, Berkeley, Ph.D. 

Dissertation: “Racial Distinctions in Middle-Class Motherhood: Ideologies and Practices of African American Middle-Class Mothers as Women, Mothers and Parents.” 



University of California, Berkeley, M.A.

“Determinants of Employment of African American and White Mothers Raising Preschool Aged Children: Integrated versus Traditional Ideologies of Motherhood.”

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

Race, Class, Gender/ Intersectionality

Sociology of Law

Sociology of Family


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