I am an Associate Professor at the UC Irvine Program in Public Health, Department of Health, Society, and Behavior. I am a health demographer who studies the social determinants of immigrant health. Much of the existing work on immigrant health emphasizes how immigrants’ unique cultural characteristics, such as ethnic diets or health beliefs, contribute to their health patterns. In contrast, I view immigrant health formation as a dynamic process shaped by features of the sending country, immigrants’ pre-migration characteristics, contexts of reception in the destination countries, and post-migration adaptation processes. I have formal training in social epidemiology and demography, and I utilize quantitative methods to explore my research questions in large-scale, representative secondary data sources.
I received my PhD in Public Health from the University of Michigan with a minor in Social Demography. My BA and MPH degrees are from UC Berkeley. From 2011-2013, I was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Scholar at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.