I research how people engage with legal systems, including how people make law meaningful. I especially focus on social welfare programs, looking at interpretation at multiple levels, including recipients, caseworkers and judges.
I have done extensive work on long term displacement and accessing benefits after Hurricane Katrina. I continue to work on how cities use information concerning expectations about displacement, particularly with regard to sea level rise.
In addition, I have been working on ethics in big data as translational social science for public policy.
Finally, I work on advancement of women in the academy, with a particular focus on storytelling as a diagnostic method.
I also co-edit an interdisciplinary peer reviewed social science journal, Law and Society Review.