Non-Academic Work

Educational Web Series — Writing and Curriculum Design

I research and write episodes for Crash Course Sociology, an educational webseries produced by Complexly Inc. for the YouTube channel Crash Course (6.1 million subscribers). Topics covered include research methods, race theory, gender theory, social development, income inequality, and social mobility.

The playlist below includes all videos I wrote for the series:


During my tenure at the Brookings Institution, I was a regular contributor to the blog Social Mobility Memos and also acted as managing editor for the blog from June 2014 through July 2015. The following lists my contributions to the blog during this time period.

Unpaid Internships: Support Beams for the Glass Floor, July 7, 2015

Brookings Scholars’ Takes on “Our Kids,” June 16, 2015

In a Land of Dollars: Deep Poverty and its Consequences, May 7, 2015

Measuring Relative Mobility, Part 1 and Part 2, April 27 and 28, 2015

Building the Soft Skills for Success, March 18, 2015

The Implications of Inequalities in Contraception and Abortion, February 26, 2015

Three Reasons College Matters for Social Mobility, February 6, 2015

Families: It’s Complicated, January 13, 2015

Weight and Social Mobility: Taking the Long View on Childhood, January 8, 2015

14 Mobility Must-Reads of 2014, December 30, 2014

Jingle-Jangle Fallacies for Non-Cognitive Factors, December 19, 2014

Five Policies that Help Children by Helping Their Parents, November 13, 2014

The Inheritance of Education, Oct. 27, 2014

Changing the Default to Improve Families’ Opportunity, Oct. 20, 2014

Six Quotes from Isabel Sawhill on ‘Why Marriage is the Best Environment for Kids’, Oct. 17 ,2014

What Liberals and Conservatives Are Missing in the Marriage Debate, Oct. 15, 2014

Families Adrift: Is Unwed Childbearing the New Norm?, Oct. 13, 2014

Where have all the good men gone?: Gender differences in marriageability, Oct. 8, 2014

Saving Horatio Alger: The Data Behind the Words (and the Lego Bricks), Aug 21, 2014

Are Obama and Ryan Proposals for an EITC Expansion Pro- or Anti- Mobility, Aug 1, 2014

A Win for Data Wonks, July 24, 2014

Hard-Core Liberals and Hard-Pressed Skeptics Share Doubts on American Dream, July 14,2014

Policy Works: How Quality Programs Can Improve Social Mobility, July 8, 2014

Policies to Expand Women’s Opportunity, July 2, 2014

The Fathering Gap and Social Mobility, June 27, 2014

An Addendum to “Immigration and the American Dream”, June 25, 2014

Immigration and the American Dream, Part 2, June 20, 2014

Immigration and the American Dream, Part 1, June 19, 2014

Do Family-Friendly Policies Boost Social Mobility, June 12, 2014

Mobility: What Are You Talking About?, June 5, 2014

The Great Divider: Education, Class and Inequality, May 27, 2014

Parents Need Quality Jobs, Not Just Any Jobs, to Boost Child Life Chances, May 20, 2014

Social Mobility Data: How Much Can the Past Teach Us About the Present?, April 25, 2014

Women and Social Mobility: Six Key Facts, April 3, 2014

Who Cares About Winston Marshall?: Voluntary Downward Mobility, March 26, 2014

Social Mobility and The Son Also Rises (part 1, part 2, part 3), March 10-12, 2014

Opposites Don’t Attract: Assortative Mating and Social Mobility, Feb 20, 2014

Stagnant Mobility Isn’t Enough for the American Dream, Jan 25, 2014

Three Policies to Close the Class Divide in Family Formation, Jan 21, 2014

What Obama Gets Right About Social Mobility (And What He Gets Wrong), Dec 4, 2013

Parental Unemployment Hurts Kids’ Futures and Social Mobility, Nov 25, 2013

Gender Gaps in Relative Mobility, Nov 12, 2013

Teen Years Important for Mobility, Nov 5, 2013

Lower Income or Lower Class: What Matters for Social Mobility?, Oct 9, 2013

The Marriage Crisis Hurts Social Mobility, Oct 3, 2013

Obamacare and Social Mobility, Oct 2, 2013

Teenage Birth Rates at Historic Lows: Good News, but the Problem is Moving Up the Age Scale, Sept 20, 2013

Low Wage Americans Lost Faith in Social Mobility, Aug 29, 2013