Areas of Expertise:

  • What do people spend their time on, and why?

  • Are parents happier than nonparents? Under what circumstances? 

  • Do mothers and fathers invest equal amounts of time in children?

I am a Research Fellow in the Sociology Department at Oxford University (UK), working on the GenTime project. I obtained my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of South Carolina (US) in 2018, a MSc from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), and two BA's from the University of Bucharest (Romania), including a semester at the University of Granada (Spain). Prior to joining the Sociology Department at Oxford University, I was a Research Scientist in the Lab of Digital and Computational Demography at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Germany).

I am a first-generation and low-income background scholar, whose academic and professional career includes a range of institutions from under-funded public institutions to world-class elite institutions based in multiple European and North American countries. The diversity of these experiences enables me to bring an array of perspectives into my work. 

I am passionate about measuring, and understanding the roots of social injustices at the population level, and love doing so together with brilliant and kind co-authors. Broadly, my research explores linkages between family processes, social inequalities, and population health and has been published in journals such as Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Psychology Quarterly, Demography, Journal of Family Issues, American Sociological Review. ​In recent projects, I explore inequalities in time-use and well-being, by gender and social class, in East Asian and Western societies.

My work has been recognized with several honors including a Best Paper Award by IPUMS, Best Paper by a Junior Researcher in Honor of Jan M. Hoem by the MPIDR, Teaching Award by the Sociology Department at UofSC.

In my free time - which I do my best to create - I enjoy long walks outside, catching up with friends and family, learning about the world (past and present), spending time with my children and life partner, and traveling (not always far from home).

Population Association of America (PAA)
International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR)


British Society for Population Studies (BSPS)