I am a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. I study computational social science and the sociology of knowledge, with applications in economic, cultural, and political sociology.
I am fascinated by highly knowledgeable and exceptionally skilled people. I am particularly interested in the tools they use to discover, represent, and confront problems; and their role in institutional change over longer periods of time.
What am I up to these days?
- I am developing a dataset describing quantitative data analysis practices in economics research. My second-year paper uses these data to empirically describe the structure of methodology in economics research.
- I have been working for several months with a big team of researchers at Princeton's Center for Research on Child Wellbeing to design a new metadata system for the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a longitudinal birth cohort study widely used to support research in demography and sociology.
- For several years, I have worked with Mitchell Stevens on the political history of engineering education in the Cold War US. Our manuscript on this work is available by request.
- Brandon Stewart and I are working on scaling kernel methods for applications in the social sciences.
What have I done in the past?
- I redesigned the website for the Social Science History Association.
- I was a co-preceptor with Shay O'Brien for SOC 500, the first course in our department's two-semester applied statistics sequence, taught by Matt Salganik.
- An article about the Fragile Families Challenge was featured on the Princeton University homepage.
- With Matt Salganik, Ian Lundberg, and Sara McLanahan, I co-organized the Fragile Families Challenge, a scientific mass-colllaboration involving hundreds of researchers.
- I worked with Michael Yeomans, Justin Reich, Brandon Stewart, and Dustin Tingley using Discourse to construct measures of political polarization in online courses. A paper describing our work is forthcoming in the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education.
- My software Discourse, a tool for collaborative tagging of discussion forum data, was demoed at MIT Media Lab for ACM Learning@Scale 2017.
- I presented my paper with Mitchell Stevens on the political history of engineering education in Cold War America at SSHA 2016 in Chicago, IL.
- I started graduate school in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University.
- Between September 2014 and July 2016 I worked with Mitchell Stevens and Andreas Paepcke at the Center for Advanced Research through Online Learning (CAROL) at Stanford University. At CAROL, I built data systems for research on online courses.
- I graduated from Stanford University in June 2014 with a B.S. from the Symbolic Systems Program.