I attended Northwestern University where I majored in Economics and International Studies. While taking an economic development course, I became fascinated with the developing world and decided to join the Peace Corps. I spent three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural village in Burkina Faso. Working in the sector of small enterprise development, I helped women’s groups develop income-generating activities and start savings and credit clubs. I also worked on several health-related projects, including nutrition and HIV/AIDS.
After Peace Corps, I attended Harvard School of Public Health where I pursued a M.S. in Population and International Health. While at Harvard, I developed an interest in demography, which led to my decision to pursue a PhD in Demography at the University of Pennsylvania. During my studies at Penn, I spent several summers participating in fieldwork as part of the Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH). After receiving my PhD, I worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Population Dynamics at Arizona State University, a Senior Research Scientist at the Guttmacher Institute, and an Associate at the Population Council. I recently returned to academia as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Demography at the University of Montreal.