I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech. My research examines how public policies affect children and families’ health and well-being, especially low-income families. My work has been published in American Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics,  Journal of Policy Analysis & Management, Health Affairs, Review of Economics of the Household, Contemporary Economic Policy, ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Economics & Human Biology, Children and Youth Services Review, Child Abuse & Neglect, Health Services Research, American Journal of Public Health, JAMA Pediatrics, BMC Pediatrics, Maternal and Child Health Journal, and Journal of Family Issues, among others. It has been funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, the Spencer Foundation, and Pew Charitable Trusts. I earned my Ph.D. from Indiana University in April 2018.


Child Maltreatment
and the
Minimum Wage

A $1 increase in the minimum wage leads to a 10% reduction in reports of child neglect.

Paid Family Leave in California improved overall infant health and maternal mental health. 

Paid Family Leave

The ACA & breastfeeding 

The ACA increased breastfeeding rates by 2% and breastfeeding duration by 10%.

The Affordable Care Act's Contraceptive Mandate

increased sales of the injectable contraceptive, but did not affect the IUD, implant, pill or patch.

Minimum Wage

and adolescent fertility

Pregnant Belly

A $1 increase in the minimum wage reduces adolescent birth rates by 2%.

WIC reduces breastfeeding by 50% & increases work leave by 20%