I am an economic and cultural sociologist who studies personal data and identification processes and their consequences for everyday life. In particular, my research explores the work that individuals and organizational personnel perform to create, sustain, and repair relationships based on personal data as well as the implications of this work for contemporary economic markets, governance, and inequality. In service of these and other interests, I leverage both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, including in-depth interviews, ethnography, and computational methods.
I am currently a PhD candidate, Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow, and Harvey Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University. My dissertation, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, investigates identity theft resolution from the perspective of both victims and the organizations they interact with as they work to “recover their identities.” Conceptualizing identity theft as a moment of systemic breakdown, I leverage that unique, compelling, and often profoundly painful case for understanding how organizations accomplish legibility and the implications of those identification processes–and personal data–for the everyday lives of those they target. I am also finishing up a second project (with Ramina Sotoudeh), drawing on nationally-representative survey data, investigating attitudes towards social groups in American society.
Beyond research, I have served for five 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.