I joined the Rutgers School of Communication and Information in 2009. I hold an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in Communication and Urban Education from UCLA.
I examine how immigrant parents and their children address communication challenges related to social incorporation in the United States. In my research, I uncover strategies that these families develop to learn about and understand their local environments and to address their needs. I have explored how immigrant families navigate interactions with U.S. social institutions (schools, healthcare facilities, social services, and courts), and how immigrant parents' and their children's media connections, broadband adoption, and engagement with digital technologies affect their access to a range of social opportunities. See my website for more details on my past and current projects.
I teach undergraduate courses in Children & Media, Communication Research, Family Communication, and Mediated Communication. I teach graduate courses in Ethnography, and Communication & Community Wellness.
I will be a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation during the 2016-2017 academic year.