Data + Economy + Society

I am an economic and cultural sociologist, currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. I primarily research how organizations use data to identify and make decisions about people, as well as the implications of those processes for everyday life, organizational policy and practice, and society at large. You can find my work published or forthcoming at the American Sociological Review and Sociological Theory.

My current project, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, investigates how cases of identity theft get resolved. I explore the experiences of victims and professionals as they negotiate data disputes and their aftermath, using those experiences to help us better understand how organizations link data to people as well as the implications of those processes–and personal data–for the everyday lives of those they target. I am also finishing up a second project (with Ramina Sotoudeh), that seeks to discern cultural logics organizing attitudes towards social groups in American society.

Beyond research, I have seven years of experience serving on the teaching teams for a range of undergraduate and graduate courses-–including introductory sociology, research methods, quantitative methods, and Calculus–-as well as advising undergraduate- and graduate-level theses.

I received a BA in Mathematics and Spanish from Messiah College (now University) and an MIA in Urban and Social Policy and MA and PhD in Sociology from Columbia University.