Undergraduate Student, Sociology, University of Michigan;
I began working for PIRE as an undergraduate junior student in the fall of 2009 and am happy to be back on the project after taking time off to study abroad in Seville, Spain and to work as an intern doing research with a major company in the summer of 2010. In the summer of 2004 I spent five weeks in Ecuador, which was the catalyst to my passion for international exploration. Since coming to the University of Michigan I have had the opportunity to take several courses and become involved in activities that have contributed to my knowledge of international affairs and concerns.
Generally, I am interested in understanding how societal values affect outcomes (practices, habits, etc.) within that society and how these in turn create differences between societies. Ideally I would like to combine my background in economics and sociology which I believe I can do by exploring areas such as international trade and welfare.
My current research focuses on the relationship and interaction among education, childbearing, income, and consumption patterns. Using the data from the Chitwan Valley Family Study, I hope to discover how these variables impact one another, why, and what the overall effect is.