I am an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University.

My research interests are related to social demography, migration, population health, and public policy analysis.

My teaching interests include demographic theory and techniques, quantitative methods, migration, spatial analysis, social determinants of health, fertility behavior, and public policy analysis.

Prior to joining Texas A&M University, I was an associate sociologist at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School from 2014 to 2017.

I served as an assistant/associate professor in the Political Science Department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil from 2009 to 2014.

I received my PhD in sociology with a concentration in demography from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007, a master's degree in demography from UFMG in 2002, and a bachelor's degree in social sciences from the Federal University of Goiás (UFG), Brazil in 2000.

My studies have been funded by the Pardee Global Human Progress Initiative (Pardee RAND Graduate School), the RAND Center for the Study of Aging, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Population Reference Bureau, the Institute of International Education, the Brazilian Ministry of Education (CAPES/MEC), the China Population and Development Research Center (CPDRC), the Brazilian Institute of Applied Economics Research (IPEA), the Brazilian Association of Population Studies (ABEP), the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (CNPq/MCTI), and the Minas Gerais Research Support Foundation (FAPEMIG).