Research

My research takes a multi-method approach to exploring how identity and identification contribute to inequality and insecurity at the micro and macro levels. I am currently working on three projects related to these issues:

  • Social Identity and Distinction in Elite Higher Education – this project explores the role of American elite higher education in shaping student identity as well as how the underlying institutional discourses contribute to reproducing inequality.
  • Understanding Group Attitudes – in this study, I investigate the configuration and underlying logics of Americans’ attitudes towards various social groups in society, attitudes with implications for social solidarity and support for public policies.
  • Identity Theft and the Production of Economic Insecurity – my dissertation 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.

For more details on my research, please see my CV.