I currently work with the Penn Social Norms Group (PennSONG) on understanding the social patterns of latrine use in India. As part of this project, I develop survey materials, supervise data collection, and conduct social network analysis to better understand the flow of infornation about the benefits of better sanitation practices and the availability of resources for latrine construction.
I received my PhD in Demography and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. I also hold an MA in Statistics from the Wharton School.
Before coming to Penn, my main interests were historical demography and social and kin networks. I have been working in the field of historical demography since 2007 and have published several papers and book chapters about Moscow population. At Penn, my interests shifted to understanding the educational gradient in health and mortality, specifically at the intersection with the sociology of the family and social networks.
My hobbies are literature (especially modern poetry) and foreign languages. I am fluent in Russian, English, and French, have conversational knowledge of German, Dutch, Polish, Ukrainian, and Estonian, and am currently learning Chinese and Hindi.