127 Wallace Hall
Princeton, NJ 08540
I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University.
I study knowledge. Most of my work is oriented toward understanding the cultural authority of knowledge and its roots in social institutions. My general areas of interest include economic sociology; historical sociology; science and technology studies; and computational social science.
My dissertation project investigates the development of methodology in the postwar social sciences. Leveraging a wide range of archival data, I describe how methodological thought transformed the culture of social measurement in the 20th century United States. Chapters include a historical sociology of "validity" as a technical device; a descriptive study of data cleaning procedures recorded in social science replication code; and an assessment of the causal effect of typesetting on the evaluation of scientific research.
I am also interested in building and improving computational research infrastructure in the social sciences. In past and ongoing work, I have built software tools to support collaborative data collection, preparation, and analysis. I am particularly interested in developing measurement tools for novel kinds of social data (e.g. code, font).
My research is generously supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and has been featured by NPR.