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email: cayce.c.hughes@rice.edu

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Rice University. I received my PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago (2017), a Master's in Public Health from Temple University (2009), and a Bachelor's in Sociology from New College of Florida (2002).

My current book project, Privacy, Poverty, and Punishment, examines how African American mothers in Houston, Texas, navigate privacy when they seek poverty assistance from an increasingly surveillance-centered safety net. You can read more about the book here

My work is driven by a central commitment to understanding the causes and consequences of social inequality and how people make sense of and respond to structural disadvantage. My research interests include privacy and surveillance, urban poverty, racial and gender inequality, welfare, and health/well-being.