I am a sociologist and data scientist at the University of Florida’s (UF) Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law. I also hold appointments at the UF Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR), and at the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).
My main research interests are migration, health disparities, social networks, and science and collaboration.
Much of my work is about migration and immigrant integration in Europe and the US. This was the subject of my PhD research at the University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy, which was funded by the University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences, and included one year of fieldwork in the Sri Lankan immigrant community in Milan.
I do research on social networks and health disparities, particularly in immigrant minorities. I co-funded the Network Science Program at the UF CTSI and BEBR, which studies and evaluates networks of professional collaboration among scientists, their dynamics and impact on scientific activity, and strategies of network intervention to foster team science.
I teach courses in migration, health disparities, quantitative methods for social research, social network methods, and data analysis with R.
See my CV here.