I am a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. My research and teaching interests focus on inequality, race/gender/class, work, welfare states, incarceration and immigration. Methodologically, I specialize in multilevel spatial models to understand how and under what conditions socially meaningful categories, such as race, gender and class, become relevant in predicting life chances across different levels of geographical locations.
My dissertation examines regional and overtime trends in immigrant concentration and native earnings across 100 metropolitan areas from 1980 to 2007. I argue that immigration is a dynamic source of wage inequality and equality, which impacts regional ordering of job queues by race, gender and class.
I find that cities with higher concentrations of migrant domestic workers have narrower gender wage gaps and I attribute this effect to the lowered cost of womanhood through the outsourcing of housework. At the same time, simultaneous effects of immigration through job queuing and competition impact wage inequality by race/ethnicity, class and motherhood statuses among the native-born women.
I was born and raised in the city of Yokohama (横浜), which is the second most populated city in Japan after Tokyo. At the age of 17, I participated in an educational exchange program through Youth For Understanding (YFU) – a non-profit international educational organization, and studied for a year as a high school exchange student in Boise Idaho. Upon graduating from high school in Japan, I attended Boise State University and completed a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology (Magna Cum Laude) with a minor in Multi-Ethnic Studies. I am currently working on my dissertation research, which examines the raced, gendered, and classed impacts of immigration on native wages.
Department of Sociology
University of Massachusetts Amherst
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