My research tackles questions central to cultural and political change. Specifically, I focus on how agents-of-change shift dominant perceptions of contested issues, and how policymakers and the general public respond to these attempts. This core interest leads me to engage with several subfields, including stratification, politics, social movements, and race, while employing a broad range of quantitative and computational methods.
I have presented my work to numerous audiences (e.g. annual ASA, SSSP, and PSA meetings), and published in various outlets, including the American Sociological Review, Mobilization, and Sociology Compass. In addition, my work has won several awards, including funding from the Ford Foundation (in 2014 and 2016), the Center for the Study of Democracy, and the Data Science Initiative, as well as paper awards from the ASA Section on Methodology and the SSSP Drinking and Drugs Division.
I have enjoyed opportunities to teach and mentor students from a variety of backgrounds, drawing on their diverse identities as a way for them to connect to the material. My pedagogy centers on illuminating the process of social change by having students (1) critique commonplace understandings of society and social relations, (2) understand how structure shapes their own biographies, and (3) provide them with tools for analyzing the social world. As such, my students learn about inequality and social change through courses like Collective Behavior & Social Movements and Justice Studies, and are introduced to new and innovative methodologies through courses like Research Methods, Statistics, and Graduate Statistics.