I am completing my Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, where I am a Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society. My research uses ethnographic methods to explore labor informality and the reproduction of gender and racial inequality. I have a background in Women's & Gender Studies and Labor Studies, and my work won the 2016 Distinguished Graduate Student Paper Award from the Labor and Labor Movements Section of the American Sociological Association.
I ask, what are the limits of law as an effective instrument in regulating relations of labor inside households? Drawing from 10 months of ethnography in Lima and 8 months in New York City, 120 in-depth interviews, legislative transcripts, and demographic survey data, I examine the consequences of landmark labor protections for domestic workers—predominantly immigrant and indigenous women of color—in two large urban centers of migration with recently enacted law. My dissertation, Domesticating Democracy: Labor Rights at Home in New York City and Lima, reveals how the industry’s historic roots in colonial and racialized relations shape its legal regulation and thus reproduce those inequalities in practice inside of the home.
I was recently interviewed about my research on the politics of household work on KCRW in Los Angeles. My work appears in Social Development Issues, Doméstica: Housemaids, The Sociology of Work, Critical Cities, the Journal of Latin American Studies, and a co-authored chapter is forthcoming in Sage's The Social Life of Gender: From Analysis to Critique. Additional research is under review.
I am currently a Berkeley Connect in Sociology Fellow, and I was recently appointed to the Berkeley Connect Graduate Advisory Board. I am the recipient of several external fellowships, as well, including the American Association of University Women American Dissertation Fellowship, the Inter-American Foundation’s Grassroots Development Fellowship (IIE), and the Mellon Latin American Sociology Fellowship. I am also part of UCLA's Experiences Organizing Informal Workers research team, and a member of the Research Network for Domestic Worker Rights.