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.
My research investigates the social organization of meritocracy.
I am fascinated by highly knowledgeable and exceptionally skilled people; the tools they use to construct, disseminate, and evaluate claims; and the role of these processes in public life generally.
Much of my current work explores these themes through investigations of scientific work and the academic profession, particularly in the engineering disciplines and the methodological subfields of the social sciences.
My research is generously supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and has been featured by NPR.
- I am developing a dataset describing quantitative data analysis practices in empirical social science. My second-year paper uses these data to empirically describe patterns of method choice 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.
- I am investigating (with Mitchell Stevens) 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.
- I recieved a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.
- The Fragile Families Challenge was featured on Invisibilia, an NPR program.
- 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.