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My research centers on white children’s racial identity development within contexts that resist racial oppression. Specifically, I am interested in: 1) decomposing dimensions of white identity that promote commitments to racial justice; 2) interrogating white children’s perceptions of themselves as racialized actors; and 3) understanding children’s role in their own racial socialization. I am also interested in the ways in which white children’s racial socialization occurs across contexts (such as school and home) and how those contexts interact to inform racial consciousness and motivate behavior. As part of this research, I aim to further understand the development of a white identity committed to racial justice.

Awards and Recognition

  • APA Early Graduate Student Award, American Psychological Association, 2023
  • SRCD Graduate Student Travel Award, Society for Research in Child Development, 2023
  • SCRA Student Research Grant, American Psychological Association, 2022
  • Bridget & James Coffing Fund for Family Advocacy, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2022
  • Master’s Thesis Award, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2022
  • Outstanding First Year Student Award, Human Development & Family Studies, 2021
  • Advanced Opportunity Fellowship, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2020
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  • Human Development & Family Studies

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Human Development & Family Studies


  • MS, Human Development & Family Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • MEd, Elementary Education, Rhode Island College
  • BA, Sociology, Johns Hopkins University