Welcome! I am a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a predoctoral trainee at the Carolina Population Center. I previously attended the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland where I received Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Quantitative Methods and a Master’s degree in Quantitative Methods. I then attended the European Doctoral School of Demography organized by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany. I am currently a Fellow at the Royster Society of Fellows.
My research integrates the fields of family sociology, life course research, and demography to explore how agency and social structure shape the life course to produce differences in family formation patterns. My dissertation work focuses on the role of childbearing intentions in the processes producing early childbearing and childlessness. I am particularly interested in the timing of family formation because the causes and consequences of family formation timing reflect intersecting forces of gender and social class inequality. These gendered, classed, and intersectional discrepancies in family outcomes can exacerbate economic hardship for vulnerable social groups and perpetuate family inequality. By studying the sources and consequences of variation in family patterns, I hope to contribute to our understanding of population change, fertility trends as well as family complexity and its impact on income inequality. You can read more about my research in the British Society for Population Studies Newsletter (page 6).