I’m an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at UNC Greensboro, a Faculty Director and Visiting Scholar with the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill, and member of the Academic Research Council of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
I conduct research on micro economics, financial wellbeing, economic mobility, financial inclusion, student debt, access to health care, employment, and social policy with a focus on low- and moderate-income households. I also teach and advise in both the joint MSW and PhD social work programs of UNC Greensboro and N.C. A & T State University. Previously, I was a faculty member with the Schools of Social Work at UNC-Chapel Hill (2006-2015) and University of Michigan (2015-2017). Before joining academia, I practiced for 16 years, mostly in management and community practice positions with nonprofit organizations serving lower-income people.