Research

I study the implications of race and gender inequalities for how people experience and understand family relationships. My current research projects examine how gender, race, and class inequalities emerge within: 1) Black daughter-father relationships, 2) federal fatherhood policies, and 3) research on Black fathers.

In my Gender & Society article titled, Strength and Respectability: Black Women’s Negotiation of Racialized Gender Ideals and the Role of Daughter-Father Relationships, I examine daughters’ expectations regarding feminine identities linked to strength and respectability. I find that both the quality of the daughter-father relationships and the women’s level of exposure to fathers influence the women’s self-perceived capability to perform racialized ideals of Black femininity, particularly within heterosexual relationships.