I examine social inequality through the lens of the family. My research uses statistical and demographic methods to study how families may both reinforce and diminish social and economic inequalities for individuals throughout life, contributing to broader inequality at the population-level. My work focuses on three areas: 1. inequality in intergenerational support across the life course, 2. racial disparities in the family safety net, and 3. immigrant kin networks.
My empirical work relies on several premier longitudinal and population-representative datasets of kinship and households, including but not limited to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the Health and Retirement Study, the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth (1979 and 1997), the Survey of Income and Program Participation, and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health.
I have published in Population and Development Review, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, and The Gerontologist.
As a second-generation Korean American of working-class immigrants, I am a proud graduate of the New York City public school system.