Research

My research takes a multi-method approach to exploring the micro and macro dimensions of culture, identity, and inequality. I am currently completing two pre-dissertation projects and beginning my dissertation research:

  • Higher Education, Distinction, and Moral Identity – this project explores the role of American elite higher education in shaping what students think it means to be good people as well as how the underlying processes 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.
  • Personal Data in American Cultural and Economic Life – in my dissertation research, I am interested in the cultural and economic significance of personal data. To study this, I look at phenomena like identity theft, data breaches, and threats to digital privacy.

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