Social inequities are pervasive throughout our country and globe. Simultaneously, numerous individuals and organizations within and outside the nonprofit sector are working to ameliorate suffering and make institutions more equitable. How do the private considerations of these individuals and organizations influence peoples’ experiences in (and out of) work, organizational practices, and institutional norms?


I am an assistant professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, where I am also an affiliate faculty in the sociology department and the Center for Women, Gender, and Public Policy.
My research examines the interplay of public and private considerations in the nonprofit sector. I develop and extend theories of organizational behavior at the nexus of institutional norms, organizational practices, and peoples’ experiences in (and out of) work. I advance my research agenda through two streams of research: 1) an analysis of the context and impact of private foundations, and 2) the study of people's career paths in, out, and around the nonprofit sector. Attending to interactions between levels of analysis and over time, I combine qualitative research methods with quantitative approaches from network analysis and surveys. As an institutional scholar, I bridge insights from multiple literatures in order to understand the micro-foundations of social inequality.

Research Interests
- Human resources, labor markets, and careers
- Interactions between work and home life
- Values, meaning, and identity
- Professionalization of nonprofit work
- Institutional norms and network topology

Before embarking on my PhD, I founded and co-led an international non-governmental organization for seven years that supports community-based, rural education in East Africa. I continue to provide consulting support for philanthropic foundations to inform their organizational design and programmatic practice. I hold a PhD in Organization Studies from Stanford University, a master’s degree in sociology from Stanford University, a master’s degree in indigenous education from Victoria University (New Zealand), and a bachelor’s degree in history from Haverford College.