Welcome!

I am an ethnographer and social theorist with interests in social and racial inequality, incarceration, and debt in the United States.

My research explores how carceral institutions and new forms of economic precarity intersect in the daily lives of poor households. My dissertation, “Hidden Labors: Households, Markets, and State Power in an American City” reconstructs how kinship networks and other caring ties are mobilized to repair the social disruptions caused by poverty and state violence. In more recent work, I study the cost of living within US prisons, and how and why people fall into debt during and after incarceration.

My work has appeared in Sociological Perspectives and in the American Journal of Criminal Justice. My research has been supported by grants from the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation, and from the Johns Hopkins 21st  Century Cities Initiative.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Prison Education Program at New York University. I received my PhD in Political Science from Yale University in 2019, and I hold an MA in Political Theory from the Ecole Des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and a BA in History from the Università deli Studi di Milano.