I am a sixth-year doctoral candidate in the UMD Sociology department. My research interests lie at the intersection of social stratification and family formation, looking at contraceptive access in the U.S., fertility, and union formation in Latin America. 

I worked as a Research Assistant to evaluate the Delaware Contraceptive Access Now initiative, led by Dr. Michael Rendall (2018-2023). 

In my dissertation, I study the association between women's employment and union formation in Chile, Mexico, and the U.S. by looking at their employment trajectories and attachment to the labor force before their first union. 

I have also worked with Dr. Mónica Caudillo and Jingwen Liu in analyzing the impact of homicide rates on union formation in the context of the "War on Drugs" in Mexico. 


  • MA
    Sociology, University of Maryland
  • MS
    Social Research Methods, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • BA
    Sociology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Parren Mitchell Art-Sociology Building 4108
Department of Sociology
churtado [at] umd.edu