I am a Ph.D student in Sociology and a Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University. My research interests include immigration, race and ethnicity, urban sociology, education and qualitative methods. I am currently studying integration experiences and identity negotiations among the children of West African immigrants in New York City. My research is supported by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program and the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award. Prior to Columbia, I graduated from Pomona College in 2012 with a B.A. in Sociology. My senior thesis examined the work experiences of Senegalese hair braiders in New York City and Atlanta, Georgia. I have also worked in youth development programs, including 3 years as an Academic Associate at Highbridge Voices in the Bronx and 1 year with Americorps-City Year as a tutor and mentor at Harper High School in Chicago.