I am in my third year as a doctoral student in the department of sociology at Indiana University. Before moving to Bloomington, I completed my BA in English at the University of Kansas, and my MS in sociology at Florida State University in Tallahassee. I am broadly interested in the relationship between structural inequalities and individuals' physical and emotional well-being. My research draws on substantive areas including social psychology, medical sociology, the life course, gender, and emotions. I am currently working on projects exploring marital status and gender differences in the mental health effects of becoming physically limited, the relationship between welfare stigma and physical and emotional well-being among women receiving TANF, and the impact of parenthood on physical and mental health. In my free time I enjoy cooking (and eating!) new foods, hiking and camping with friends, and playing with my silly dog.