I am a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Connecticut. My interests overlap with population, urban, and economic geography - with a primary interest in the interplay between spatial mobility and inequality. In that vein, much of my research over the past decade and a half has focused on how married couples make migration decisions and how this affects women’s employment. I am also concerned with the emergence of suburban poverty and the long-term decline in migration rates.
With support from the NSF, the UK’s ESRC, the Sloan Foundation and the Brookings Institute my research has been published in leading journals in geography (e.g., Annals of the Association of American Geographers), the social sciences (e.g., Demography), statistics (e.g., Journal of the Royal Statistical Society), and education (e.g., Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis). In recognition of my work, in 2013 I received the Research Excellence Award from the Population Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.
I am currently an Editor of Urban Geography, am on the editorial boards of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and Population, Space & Place, and just completed a term on the editorial board of Demography.
I have also received a Fulbright Award to work with Professor Clara Mulder in the Department of Demography at the University of Groningen from July, 2014 through January, 2015.
Previously, I have served as the President of the Population Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers and I have held fellowships at the University of St Andrews and the University of Amsterdam.