I am an economic and cultural sociologist who studies 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 personhood. In service of these and other interests, I leverage both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including computational methods, ethnography, and in-depth interviews.
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 the National Science Foundation, investigates identity theft resolution from the perspective of both victims and the organizations they interact with as they try to recover their identities. I first became interested in this topic as a result of reading news reports about data breaches and trying to discern how I, as an individual citizen and consumer, should best respond to the potential misuse of my personal data. Pursuing this thread inspired an interest in identity theft as a key moment for understanding how individuals and organizations negotiate inaccurate personal data, as well as what that data means today for trust, economic opportunity, and identity.
I am also finishing up two projects on social identities and inter-group attitudes in American society. In the first, based on an ethnography of Muslim students at an elite university, I explore how Muslim students navigate stereotypes on campus and in the wider society to fashion valued identities, as well as how institutional discourses about being open to diversity actually affect minority students in practice. The second project (with Ramina Sotoudeh) utilizes nationally representative survey data to explore whether Americans’ social attitudes reflect growing partisan polarization and social sorting.
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.