I am a Ph.D. student, Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow, and Harvey Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University. My research investigates how identities and the processes by which they are constructed and negotiated contribute to inequality and insecurity in the United States, focusing particularly on personal data, economic markets, and higher education. My dissertation project investigates how victims and institutions negotiate the resolution of identity theft as well as the financial and emotion toll that resolution takes on victims and their families.
Currently, I am also finishing up two projects on social identities and inter-group attitudes. In the first, based on an ethnography of Muslim students at an elite university, I explore how Muslim students navigate stereotypes on campus to fashion valued identities, as well as how institutional discourses about being open to diversity actually affect minority students in practice. In the second project, drawing on nationally representative survey data, I investigate the structure of Americans’ attitudes towards a wide range of social groups. I show how group attitudes are interrelated and hold to a small number of patterns across the population.
To explore these and related questions, I leverage both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including computational methods, ethnography, and interviews.
Beyond research, I have served for four years as a teaching assistant for undergraduate and graduate courses–including introductory sociology, research methods, quantitative methods, and Calculus–as well as advising undergraduate theses.