My scholarship interrogates the significance of social categories as they mediate the opportunities and constraints experienced by immigrants and ethnoracial minority groups across several domains of social life. I utilize diverse methodologies, data sources, and theoretical perspectives to investigate how ascriptive social categories (race, ethno-nationality, religion, etc.) and their symbolic boundaries are activated, reinforced, and contested within immigrant-led nonprofits and transnational politics, and, more recently, the advertising of musical instruments.
My latest research considers the significance of ascriptive categories and ethnoracial inequality for the production and performance of music in the 20th and 21st centuries. I am developing a critical intersectionality approach to guide historical analyses of race and gendered boundary-making in the production of musical instruments. In addition, I am conducting new research on the uneven impacts and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on working musicians across Greater New York City and New Jersey.